Richard Lawson (actor)

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Richard Lawson
Born Rickey Lee Lawson
(1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 67)
Loma Linda, California, United States
Other names Rick Lawson
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Denise Gordy (1978–1989)
Children Bianca Lawson (b. 1979)
Website
Richard Lawson.Net

Richard Lawson (born March 7, 1947) is an American actor who has starred in movies and on television. He is perhaps best known for his roles in science fiction—he portrayed Ryan in the 1982 hit movie Poltergeist, and Dr. Ben Taylor in the hit 1983 NBC miniseries V.

Life and career[edit]

Born Rickey Lee Lawson in Loma Linda, California, Lawson served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War before embarking on an acting career. His first feature film role (uncredited) was that of a gay man targeted for murder in the classic 1971 movie Dirty Harry. In 1973, he played Willis in Scream Blacula Scream. His other well known roles include the 1979 movie The Main Event, and the 1984 drama Streets of Fire, where he played Officer Ed Price.

Lawson's first on-going starring role in a television series was in Australian drama Hotel Story in 1977. That series was cancelled before the first episode had gone to air. He later starred in the 1980s series Chicago Story; he took the on-going role of Nick Kimball in night time soap opera Dynasty from 1986–1987, appeared in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd as Detective Nathaniel Hawthorne from 1989–1991, and was in the day time soap opera All My Children as Lucas Barnes from 1992-1994. Lawson has made many guest appearances on TV, including roles on Kojak, Get Christie Love!, Sister, Sister, Soul Food, The Bernie Mac Show, The Division and Strong Medicine.

Lawson has one child, actress Bianca Lawson with actress Denise Gordy.

In March 1992, he survived a USAir Flight 405 plane crash, after take-off from LaGuardia Airport, in Queens, New York City.[1]


Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1971 Dirty Harry (uncredited) Theatrical film
1973 Scream Blacula Scream Willis Daniels Theatrical film
Fox Style Little Henry Theatrical film
1974 Sugar Hill Valentine Theatrical film
Black Fist Leroy Fisk Theatrical film
1977 Audrey Rose Policeman #1 Theatrical film
1978 Coming Home Pat Theatrical film
1979 The Main Event Hector Mantilla Theatrical film
1982 Poltergeist Ryan Theatrical film
1984 Streets of Fire Officer Ed Price Theatrical film
1985 Stick Cornell Theatrical film
1997 Wag the Dog CIA Agent Theatrical film
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Jack Theatrical film
2000 Mars and Beyond Mission Flight Director Maynard Nixon Short
2001 Blue Hill Avenue Uncle Rob Theatrical film
2003 Out of the Rain Donald Theatrical film
Black Listed Agent Gordon Direct-to-video film
2005 Guess Who Marcus Theatrical film
2006 The Last Stand Winston Theatrical film
2007 I'm Through with White Girls James Evans Theatrical film
2008 Love for Sale Uncle Mac Theatrical film
2009 The Business of Show Short
2010 Massacre Rich Cannon Theatrical film
For Colored Girls Frank Theatrical film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1973 Shaft Don Lewis 1 episode
Kojak 1st Suspect 1 episode
1974 Get Christie Love! 1 episode
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Eddie Hill 1 episode
Medical Center Andy Willis 1 episode
Crossfire Television movie
1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar 1 episode
Most Wanted 1 episode
1977 Hotel Story 7 episodes
All in the Family Angry Black Man 1 episode
The Fantastic Journey Barker 1 episode
1978 Good Times Raymond 1 episode
Having Babies Bert Rollins 1 episode
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Lt. Sawyer 1 episode
1979 Charleston James Harris Television movie
The Jericho Mile R.C. Stiles Television movie
Buffalo Soldiers Caleb Holiday Television movie
1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Gene Davis Television movie
1981 The White Shadow David Mackey 1 episode
1982 T. J. Hooker Officer David McNeil 1 episode
Chicago Story Det. O.Z. Tate 13 episodes
1983 V Dr. Ben Taylor Miniseries
Hardcastle and McCormick Kid Calico 1 episode
1984 Magnum, P.I. Gerald Calvin 1 episode
1985 St. Elsewhere 1 episode
Remington Steele Monroe Henderson 1 episode
1986 Comedy Factory Dr. Julius Pepper 1 episode
Under the Influence Dr. Duran Television movie
Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI Adam Prentice Television movie
1986–1987 Dynasty Nick Kimball 11 episodes
1987 Amen Dr. Jonathan Wallace 1 episode
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Nick Scott 1 episode
Wiseguy Thurman McGill 1 episode
227 Raymond 1 episode
1988–1991 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Det. Nathaniel Hawthorne 21 episodes
1989 1st & Ten: The Championship 2 episodes
The Forgotten Sergeant Frank 'Doc' McDermott Television movie
Double Your Pleasure Dash Television movie
1989–1991 MacGyver Jesse Colton 3 episodes
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Brad Whitfield 1 episode
The Cosby Show Mr. Bostic 1 episode
1992–1994 All My Children Lucas Barnes 12 episodes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Judge Thurston Jones 1 episode
1995 Picket Fences Dale "Sky" Betts 1 episode
1996 Pandora's Clock Captain Daniel Robb Television movie
1997 Good News Percy Shepperd 2 episodes
Moesha Marlon James 1 episode
1998 The Parent 'Hood T.K.'s Father 1 episode
L.A. Doctors Gary Miller 1 episode
1999 Justice Gus Television movie
Sister, Sister Victor Sims 4 episodes
Jackie's Back Milkman Summers (Jackie's Ex-Husband #1) Television movie
Judging Amy Thomas Horne 1 episode
2000 Family Law Chuck 1 episode
2001 JAG Sgt. Dan Craig 1 episode
Touched by an Angel Nicholas Freeman 1 episode
Soul Food Reverend Bobby Baxter 1 episode
Strong Medicine Alton Clayborne 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show Bishop 1 episode
2002 The District Commander Richard Gray 2 episodes
For the People Clay Portman 1 episode
2003 Maniac Magee Mr. Beale Television movie
Half & Half Ben 1 episode
2004 The Division LaBon 1 episode
Dead Like Me William Garrett 1 episode
Christmas at Water's Edge Mr. Turner Television movie
2005 E-Ring 1 episode
2006 All of Us Luther Brody 2 episodes
2008 Numb3rs Clay Porter, Sr. 1 episode
2011 Angry Boys Shwayne Senior 7 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (July 15, 2007). "Something happened". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 

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