Lawrence O'Donnell

Analyst + Actor + Producer
Born Nov 7, 1955

Lawrence Francis O'Donnell, Jr. is a progressive political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer, and host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, a weeknight MSNBC opinion and news program. O'Donnell called himself a "practical European socialist" in a Newsmaker Interview dated November 11, 2005. He frequently filled in as host of Countdown before getting his own show on the cable network.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lawrence O'Donnell.


1951 Birth O'Donnell was born in Boston, on November 7, 1951, the son of Frances Marie (née Buckley), an office manager, and Lawrence Francis O'Donnell, Sr., an attorney. … Read More


1976 24 Years Old He attended St. Sebastian's School (class of 1970), where he was captain of his baseball team, and graduated from Harvard College (class of 1974) with a major in economics in 1976. … Read More


1983 31 Years Old …  In 1983, he published the book Deadly Force, about a case of wrongful death and police brutality in which O'Donnell’s father was the plaintiff’s lawyer.
1986 34 Years Old In 1986, the book was made into the film A Case of Deadly Force, in which Richard Crenna played O'Donnell’s father and Tate Donovan played O'Donnell, and for which O’Donnell was associate producer.
1989 37 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1989 to 1995, he was a key legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.


1992 40 Years Old From 1992 to 1993, he was staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, then chaired by Senator Moynihan.
1993 41 Years Old 1 More Event
And then from 1993 to 1995, he was staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Finance, once again under Senator Moynihan’s chairmanship.
1994 42 Years Old In 1994, O'Donnell married television and movie actress Kathryn Harrold; they later divorced. … Read More
1999 47 Years Old From 1999 to 2000 he was executive story editor for 12 episodes, in 2000 he was co-producer of 5 episodes, from 2000 to 2001 he was producer of 17 episodes, from 2003 to 2005 he was consulting producer for 44 episodes, and from 2005 to 2006 he was executive producer for 22 episodes. … Read More


2002 50 Years Old In 2002, O’Donnell was supervising producer and writer for the television drama First Monday, and in 2003, he was creator, executive producer, and writer for the television drama Mister Sterling. … Read More
2004 52 Years Old In October 2004, O'Donnell got into a heated debate on Scarborough Country with John O'Neill, spokesman for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, over the allegations O'Neill made against John Kerry in his book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out against John Kerry. … Read More
2005 53 Years Old …  O'Donnell called himself a "practical European socialist" in a Newsmaker Interview dated November 11, 2005. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, O'Donnell became a regular contributor on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. … Read More
2010 58 Years Old On September 27, 2010, O'Donnell began hosting a 10 p.m. show on MSNBC, called The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.
2011 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 21, 2011, it was announced that O'Donnell would take over the 8 p.m. slot from Keith Olbermann after Olbermann announced the abrupt termination of his show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann; it later returned to the 10 p.m. hour.


2012 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In the April 3, 2012 broadcast of The Last Word, O'Donnell made comments regarding the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), saying it was an "invented religion," which was "created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it."
2014 62 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 12, 2014, he and his brother Michael were injured in a traffic accident while vacationing in the British Virgin Islands.
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