Lawrence Tierney (March 15, 1919 – February 26, 2002) was an American actor, known for his many screen portrayals of mobsters and hardened criminals, which mirrored his own frequent brushes with the law.
Tierney had numerous arrests for drunken fights over the years, and served jail terms. His run-ins with the law took a toll on his career. He was an admitted alcoholic who gave up drinking in 1982 after having a stroke, and once said that he “threw away about seven careers through drink.”
Between 1944 and 1951, Tierney had been arrested a dozen times for brawling, frequently for drunkenness. His legal troubles included a 90-day jail sentence for breaking a college student’s jaw.
At the time of his arrest for brawling with two policemen outside a Manhattan bar in 1958, the New York Times reported that he had been arrested six times in California and five times in New York on similar charges. In 1973 he was stabbed in a bar fight on the west side of Manhattan. read more