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(Roger Ebert)   New bio of Lawrence Tierney etches vivid portrait of Hollywood's real-life tough guy, big fan of "Les Miserables"   (rogerebert.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs, late Lawrence Tierney, Tim Roth, true stories author Burt Kearns, spirit ofTierney, Oscar-nominated screenwriters Larry Karaszewski, Pulp Fiction  
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2022-11-28 1:17:08 PM  
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2022-11-28 1:34:32 PM  
Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?
/interesting, subby
 
2022-11-28 1:56:46 PM  
And Eddie Bunker (Mr. Blue) did time in San Quentin for various robberies, arson and stabbing a prison guard. Colorful cast, no pun intended.
 
2022-11-28 2:23:10 PM  
"All right, ramblers, let's get rambling."

*counts tip money*

"Hey, who didn't throw in??"
 
2022-11-28 2:39:27 PM  
Sounds good.  I wish there was more stuff out about the second-tier stars and character actors.  Would love to read a bio of somebody like Peter Lorre.
 
2022-11-28 2:40:30 PM  

Mugato: And Eddie Bunker (Mr. Blue) did time in San Quentin for various robberies, arson and stabbing a prison guard. Colorful cast, no pun intended.


This movie is based on his writing:
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2022-11-28 2:42:06 PM  
When he played Elaine's dad on Seinfeld he scared the hell out of everybody on the show.  Jerry and Jason Alexander weren't just acting afraid of him, it was genuine.
 
2022-11-28 2:46:48 PM  

Jake Havechek: When he played Elaine's dad on Seinfeld he scared the hell out of everybody on the show.  Jerry and Jason Alexander weren't just acting afraid of him, it was genuine.


Lawrence Tierney plays Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) father Alton Benes. Lawrence was known for his bad-guy roles in films during the 1940s and 1950s, such as Dillinger (1945) and The Hoodlum (1951). Tierney's appearance in the episode is one of his only comedic roles. Cast and crew members were very impressed with Tierney's performance, and intended to make Alton Benes a recurring character. However, they were frightened of him; during filming it was discovered that Tierney had stolen a butcher knife from the knife block in the Jerry's apartment set. Various cast members remember Jerry Seinfeld encountering Tierney and stating, "Hey, Lawrence, what do you got there in your jacket?" Tierney, realizing he had been caught, tried to make a joke about how he thought taking the knife would be funny, by reenacting a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), holding the knife above his head and making threatening motions towards Seinfeld. Tom Cherones, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus saw this happen, and, as Alexander recalled, it "scared the living crap out of all of us." Cherones stated that, afterwards, Larry David would jokingly threaten to have Tierney back on the show if he did his work badly.
 
2022-11-28 2:51:02 PM  

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Apparently the TNG cast were just as terrified of him as the Seinfeld cast.  Wil thought he was going to get beaten up for being a nerd.
 
2022-11-28 2:53:58 PM  
There's 2 ways to do dis.... Moi Woi or da Hoi Woi
 
2022-11-28 2:54:07 PM  
His Simpsons story is equally insane:   https://www.avclub.com/simpsons-writer-josh-weinstein-has-some-wild-stories-ab-1845913333

Here's a timeline of Laurence Tierney (Don Brodka) terrorizing the Simpsons staff: Noon: Car arrives at Fox. Tierney steps out, driver says he refuses to take him back & speeds off. It's raining. 1/6

Tierney also didn't understand the Don Brodka answering machine gag.
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2022-11-28 2:56:22 PM  

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Apparently the TNG cast were just as terrified of him as the Seinfeld cast.  Wil thought he was going to get beaten up for being a nerd.


Reminds me of this: Weinstein's fellow Simpsons scribe Bill Oakley even chimed in to recall how Tierney was "somehow irked by me 'dressing like a baseball player.'
 
2022-11-28 2:56:52 PM  

A Room Full of Angry Raccoons: Mugato: And Eddie Bunker (Mr. Blue) did time in San Quentin for various robberies, arson and stabbing a prison guard. Colorful cast, no pun intended.

This movie is based on his writing:
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Went to a reading of Mr Bunker's in the '90s when he had a book coming out.  Very genial, nice guy, open about his past and his experiences in life and Hollywood.  Intelligent man.
 
2022-11-28 3:00:30 PM  
From what I've gathered over the years it's amazing that he stayed out of jail long enough to even have an acting career.
 
2022-11-28 3:48:42 PM  

Rapmaster2000: His Simpsons story is equally insane:   https://www.avclub.com/simpsons-writer-josh-weinstein-has-some-wild-stories-ab-1845913333

Here's a timeline of Laurence Tierney (Don Brodka) terrorizing the Simpsons staff: Noon: Car arrives at Fox. Tierney steps out, driver says he refuses to take him back & speeds off. It's raining. 1/6

Tierney also didn't understand the Don Brodka answering machine gag.
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One of the careers he lost was voice acting.  He was tailor made for the action cartoons of the 80s and 90s but I'm guessing nobody wanted to risk long recording sessions in a small studio with him.
 
2022-11-29 6:29:07 AM  

Billy Liar: A Room Full of Angry Raccoons: Mugato: And Eddie Bunker (Mr. Blue) did time in San Quentin for various robberies, arson and stabbing a prison guard. Colorful cast, no pun intended.

This movie is based on his writing:
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Went to a reading of Mr Bunker's in the '90s when he had a book coming out.  Very genial, nice guy, open about his past and his experiences in life and Hollywood.  Intelligent man.


I knew a genial, nice guy in Korea. Tail gunner.
They blew his brains out all over the Pacific.
 
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