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Peter Lawford –

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About Peter Lawford (1923 – 1984)
Peter Lawford was born on September 7, 1923 in London, England. His birth name was Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen. Because his parents were not married at the time of his birth, but were married to other people, the new family left for America, to avoid the scandal. They finally married a year after Peter was born.

Peter Lawford is the son of actor Sidney Lawford, who was a British World War 1 hero. Peter is also the father of actor Christopher Lawford, Uncle of Maria Shriver and Brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy.

Peter Lawford spent most of his childhood in France. When Peter was child, he fell through a French door and cut his right arm very badly. Consequently, he never regained full use of his right arm and hand. Because of this injury he was classified a 4-F, during World War 2, which was a boost to his acting career, with MGM.

Peter entered acting at a young age. In 1931, Peter Lawford made his film debut at the age of eight in the British-made Poor Old Bill.

Peter Lawford's first American film, was Lord Jeff in 1938. Peter's first major role was in A Yank At Eton, in 1942.

Lawford had an exclusive social set, thanks to his 1954-66 marriage to Patricia Kennedy, and was a visible member of Frank Sinatra's high-living "Rat Pack." Dubbed by Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford's nickname was Brother-in-Lawford.

Member of the "Rat Pack" with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Appeared together in Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962).

Peter became an American citizen in 1960.

Peter visited Marilyn Monroe with brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy the evening she died. He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio.

Peter Lawford is portrayed by Angus Macfadyen in The Rat Pack (1998 - TV) and by Ian Buchanan in Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993-TV).

Lawford also starred in the TV series Dear Phoebe (1954-55), The Thin Man (1957-59), and had a regular role in The Doris Day Show (1971-72).

Peter's production company, Chrislaw, was named after his son Christopher Lawford.

In 1961, Peter Lawford was a frequent and accomplished guest on the game show Password. Lawford was the all-time champion at the "lightning round", prompting 10 out of 10 correct guesses in only 16 seconds.

On December 24, 1984, Peter Lawford passed away in Los Angeles, California from liver and kidney disease.

Peter Lawford's notable movie credits include...

Where Is Parsifal? (1983)
Body And Soul (1981)
Gypsy Angels (1980)
Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
The Only Kill Their Master (1972)
The April Fools (1969)
Salt And Pepper (1968)
The Longest Day (1962)
Sergeants 3 (1962)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Dear Phoebe (1954)
Royal Wedding (1951)
Easter Parade (1948)
Little Women (1949)
Good News (1947)
Son Of Lassie (1945)
West Side Kid (1943)



Peter Lawford in Ocean's Eleven (1960).



Peter Lawford in Sergeants 3 (1962).