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Lawrence Dobkin

Highest Rated:   100% North by Northwest (1959)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
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Along with such colleagues as William Conrad, John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Barney Phillips, and Virginia Gregg, bald-pated American character actor Lawrence Dobkin was one of the mainstays of network radio in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Dobkin began popping up in films in 1949, playing any number of doctors, lawyers, attach├ęs, military officials, and desk sergeants. Most of his parts were fleeting, many were unbilled: he can be seen as a soft-spoken rabbi in Angels in the Outfield (1951), one of the three psychiatrists baffled by alien visitor Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), an angered citizen of Rome in Julius Caesar (1953), and so on. Enjoying larger roles on TV, Dobkin was generally cast as a scheming villain (e.g., Dutch Schultz on The Untouchables). One of his showiest assignments was as the demented Gregory Praxas, horror film star turned mass murderer, in the 1972 pilot film for Streets of San Francisco. From the early '60s onward, Dobkin was busier as a writer and director than as an actor. He amassed a respectable list of TV directorial credits, as well as one theatrical feature, Sixteen (1972). Habitu├ęs of "speculation" docudramas of the 1970s and 1980s will recognize Lawrence Dobkin as the bearded, avuncular narrator of many of these efforts; he also appeared as Pontius Pilate in the speculative 1979 four-waller In Search of Historic Jesus.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Territorial Men
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet The Visual History of Cars: Thunderbird
  • Screenwriter
1995
No Score Yet The Visual History of Cars: Lincoln
  • Screenwriter
1995
No Score Yet The Visual History of Cars: Volkswagen
  • Screenwriter
1995
No Score Yet Roswell
  • General
1994
No Score Yet The Rape of Doctor Willis
  • Striker
1991
17% Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time
  • Admiral Binns
1991
No Score Yet Curiosity Kills
  • Harry
1990
No Score Yet Hotwire
  • Bodine
1980
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus
  • Pontius Pilate
1979
No Score Yet Waltons - The Children's Carol
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Mysteries from Beyond Earth
  • Narrator
1976
No Score Yet Mysteries From Beyond Earth
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
  • Screenwriter
1974
95% Patton
  • Col. Gaston Bell
1970
No Score Yet Johnny Yuma
  • Linus Jerome Carradine
1966
No Score Yet The Cabinet of Caligari
  • Dr. Frank David
1962
No Score Yet Geronimo
  • Gen. Crook
1962
100% North by Northwest
  • Cartoonist
1959
No Score Yet The Gene Krupa Story
  • Speaker Willis
1959
81% The Defiant Ones
  • Editor
1958
No Score Yet Portland Expose
  • Garnell
1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success
  • Leo Bartha
1957
No Score Yet The Badge of Marshal Brennan
  • Chickamon
1957
No Score Yet Raiders of Old California
  • Don Miguel Sebastian
1957
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Hur Ben Caleb
1956
No Score Yet Illegal
  • Al Carol
1955
13% The Silver Chalice
  • Ephraim
1954
100% Them!
  • Engineer
1954
No Score Yet Riders to the Stars
  • Dr. Delmar
1954
No Score Yet The Cowboy Way
  • Narrator
1954
95% Julius Caesar
  • Citizen of Rome
1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Farrell
1953
No Score Yet Sabaka
  • Aide
1953
No Score Yet Above and Beyond
  • Dr. Van Dyke
1952
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal)
  • Secretary of the Senate
1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier
  • Russian Agent
1952
No Score Yet Loan Shark
  • Walter Karr
1952
No Score Yet Deadline - U.S.A.
  • Lawyer Hansen
1952
100% 5 Fingers
  • Santos
1952
No Score Yet Red Skies of Montana
  • Spotter
1952
No Score Yet People Will Talk
  • Business Manager
1951
No Score Yet The Mob
  • Doctor
1951
88% D.O.A.
  • Dr. Schaefer
1950
No Score Yet Young Lovers
  • Dr. Middleton
1950
No Score Yet Not Wanted
  • Assistant District Attorney
1949
90% Whirlpool
  • Surgeon Wayne
1949
96% Twelve O'Clock High
  • Capt. Twombley
1949
No Score Yet The Young Lovers
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet The Visual History of Cars: Aston Martin
  • Screenwriter

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Director
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Ambassador Kell
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Kharsov Prof. Ryman

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