Lawrence Dobkin

Lawrence Dobkin

Actor + Director and Screenwriter
Born Sep 16, 1919

Lawrence Dobkin was an American television director, actor and television screenwriter whose career spanned seven decades. Dobkin was a prolific performer during the Golden Age of Radio. His voice was used to narrate the classic western Broken Arrow (1950). His film performances include Never Fear (1949), Sweet Smell of Success (1957) and North by Northwest (1959).… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on September 16, 1919.


1946 26 Years Old Dobkin began a prolific career in television in 1946, having worked as an actor, narrator and director.


1953 33 Years Old In 1953, he guest-starred on Alan Hale, Jr.'s short-lived CBS espionage series set in the Cold War, Biff Baker, U.S.A.. … Read More
1957 37 Years Old In the 1957-1958 television season, Dobkin played a director on the CBS sitcom, Mr. Adams and Eve, starring Howard Duff and Ida Lupino as fictitious married actors residing in Beverly Hills, California.
1958 38 Years Old He guest-starred in 1958 in the first season of ABC's The Donna Reed Show.


1960 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Dobkin appeared as Kurt Reynolds in "So Dim the Light" of the CBS anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson and also as an escape artist on the run from a possible murder charge in Wanted: Dead or Alive. … Read More
1962 42 Years Old On June 24, 1962, Dobkin married actress Joanna Barnes; they had no children, but he had one daughter, Debra Dobkin, by his first wife, Frances Hope Walker.
1964 44 Years Old He was believed to be narrator at the 1964 New York World's Fair during the Skydome Spectacular presented after the Carousel of Progress


1970 50 Years Old Dobkin married actress Anne Collings in 1970 and had three children: identical twin daughters, Kristy and Kaela, and a son named Laird. … Read More
1971 51 Years Old From 1971 to 1993, Dobkin served as the narrator of The Hall of Presidents show, returning to re-record the presidential roll call each time a new U.S. President was elected.


1982 62 Years Old From 1982 to 1986, the EPCOT Center attraction Spaceship Earth featured Dobkin as the narrator along with a very simple and quiet orchestral composition throughout the attraction. … Read More
1991 71 Years Old In 1991, Dobkin appeared in an episode of the television series Night Court as State Supreme Court Justice Welch.
2002 83 Years Old Died on October 28, 2002.
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