Lawrence Dobkin
American actor, director and screenwriter
Lawrence Dobkin
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).
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 82
    Died on October 28, 2002.
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  • 1991
    Age 71
    In 1991, Dobkin appeared in an episode of the television series Night Court as State Supreme Court Justice Welch.
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  • 1982
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar did an interview saying that he didn't understand why everyone said the narrator was Vic Perrin.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1971
    Age 51
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 50
    Dobkin married actress Anne Collings in 1970 and had three children: identical twin daughters, Kristy and Kaela, and a son named Laird.
    More Details Hide Details His identical-twin daughters followed him into the business — Kristy Dobkin as a writer, and Kaela Dobkin as an actress. His ashes were cast into the Pacific Ocean.
  • FORTIES
  • 1964
    Age 44
    He was believed to be narrator at the 1964 New York World's Fair during the Skydome Spectacular presented after the Carousel of Progress
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  • 1962
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 40
    He began directing for television in 1960, and his work in this area included the pilot and episodes of The Munsters (1964), 16 episodes of The Waltons (1972–1981), and an episode of Sara (1976).
    More Details Hide Details Dobkin also appeared in several episodes of I Love Lucy: ("Equal Rights" and "Paris at Last".) Dobkin's notable supporting film roles include Twelve O'Clock High (1949), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Julius Caesar (1953), The Ten Commandments (1956), The Defiant Ones (1958), Johnny Yuma (1966) and Patton (1970). He had a cameo appearance in the 1954 sci-fi thriller Them. In an uncredited performance in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, Dobkin has a memorable line as an intelligence official who remarks on the plight of the hapless protagonist, on the run for murder after being mistaken for a person who doesn't exist: "It's so horribly sad. Why is it I feel like laughing?" Dobkin directed the original series episode "Charlie X" and later portrayed the traitorous Klingon ambassador Kell on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the fourth season episode "The Mind's Eye".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the David Janssen crime drama series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Dobkin also starred in a heartfelt episode of The Rifleman portraying General Philip Sheridan from the American Civil War. Often also cast as a villain, Dobkin portrayed gangster Dutch Schultz on ABC's The Untouchables. He appeared on the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama, The Roaring 20s and in the NBC western with a modern setting, Empire. He was cast as a mass murderer in the 1972 pilot for ABC's The Streets of San Francisco, starring Karl Malden. He guest-starred on ABC's The Big Valley, starring Barbara Stanwyck. He received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama for his work in the CBS Playhouse program, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (1967).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 38
    He guest-starred in 1958 in the first season of ABC's The Donna Reed Show.
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  • 1957
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 33
    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..
    More Details Hide Details He was cast in an episode of the early syndicated series The Silent Service, based on true stories of the submarine section of the United States Navy. He appeared also in the religion anthology series, Crossroads, based on experiences of American clergymen, and later on the ABC religion drama, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 26
    Dobkin began a prolific career in television in 1946, having worked as an actor, narrator and director.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1919.
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