Robert Lawrence (producer)

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Robert Lawrence
Born (1952-06-03) June 3, 1952 (age 66)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1980–present

Robert Lawrence (born June 3, 1952) is an American film producer and former studio executive.

Early life[edit]

Lawrence was born in New York City and grew up in Great Neck, New York.

Lawrence graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and then attended the Graduate Screenwriting Program at UCLA School of Film and Television.[1]


Lawrence began his film career at Paramount in the story department, and a year later joined the Robert Evans unit as a writer.[2]

In 1980 Lawrence joined Columbia Pictures as a Vice-President of Production and was named Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production for Columbia Pictures in March of 1985,[3] where he oversaw production of films such as Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, Tootsie and Out of Africa.

In 1986 Lawrence joined United Artists as the President of Motion Picture Production.[4] During his time at United Artists, Lawrence oversaw productions of such films as Rain Man, Presumed Innocent (film) and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Lawrence founded Maysville Pictures along with George Clooney and together produced Rock Star before the two split in 1999.[5] As an independent producer he started his own production company, Robert Lawrence Productions. Lawrence is best known as a producer on movies such as Clueless, Die Hard With A Vengeance and The Last Castle.

Current production[edit]

In the Winter of 2016, Variety (magazine) announced[6] that Lin-Manuel Miranda would join Lawrence in producing TV and film adaptations of Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence has three sons and currently lives in Pacific Palisades, California.


  1. ^ "Robert Lawrence - Filmbug". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  2. ^ "THE LAST CASTLE - Cast or Crew". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  3. ^ "EXECUTIVE CHANGES". The New York Times. 11 March 1985. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Lawrence Wins Promotion to UA Presidency". 7 May 1986. Retrieved 19 January 2017 – via LA Times.
  5. ^ Petrikin, Chris (30 September 1999). "Clooney, Lawrence split Maysville". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (29 November 2016). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Boards 'Kingkiller Chronicle' Film, TV Series Adaptation". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  7. ^ Lindbergh, Ben (30 November 2016). "Your New 'Game of Thrones' Is Coming". Retrieved 19 January 2017.

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