Lawrence Turman

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Lawrence Turman
Born (1926-11-28) November 28, 1926 (age 90)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1961–2001
Known for Director of The Peter Stark Producing Program

Lawrence Turman (born November 28, 1926 in Los Angeles) is a film producer who currently serves as the director of The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He was nominated for an Academy Award for The Graduate (1967).[1][2] He has also produced such films such as Pretty Poison (1968), The Great White Hope (1970), The Thing (1982),[3] Mass Appeal (1984), Short Circuit (1986), The River Wild (1994), and American History X (1998).


Born to a Jewish family,[4] Turman is a member of the Producers Guild Hall of Fame, and is on the board of the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has also directed two films: The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971) and Second Thoughts (1983). In 2005, Turman published the book So You Want to be a Producer with Three Rivers Press. In 2014, he appeared as a guest critic on the fourth season of the web series On Cinema. In 2015, he appeared as himself in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary, Trojan War.



  1. ^ Hello Again, Mrs Robinson
  2. ^ The 40th Academy Awards (1968) Nominees and Winner
  3. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (June 25, 1982). "The Thing, Horror and Science Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6. 

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