Peter Lawford

Actor + Producer
Born Sep 7, 1923

Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen, better known as Peter Lawford, was an English-American actor. He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and brother-in-law to US President John F. Kennedy, perhaps more noted in later years for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting. In his earlier professional years (late 1930s through the 1950s) he had a strong presence in popular culture and starred in a number of highly acclaimed films.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born in London in 1923, he was the only child of Lieutenant General Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE (1865-1953) and May Sommerville Bunny (1883-1972). … Read More
1924 Birth Sir Sydney and May then wed in September 1924 after their divorces were finalised and when their son was one year old. … Read More
1930 6 Years Old Because of the widely varying national and religious backgrounds of his tutors, Lawford "attended various services in churches, cathedrals, synagogues and for some time was an usher in a Christian Science Sunday School " Around 1930, aged seven, he made his acting debut in the English film Poor Old Bill. … Read More


1938 14 Years Old Lawford's first film role had been at age seven in the film Poor Old Bill. In 1938, he made his Hollywood debut in a minor part in the film Lord Jeff. … Read More
1943 19 Years Old In June 1943 MGM signed Lawford to a long term contract. … Read More


1946 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Peter Lawford's first leading role came in Son of Lassie (1945) and he later won a Modern Screen magazine readers' poll as the most popular actor in Hollywood of 1946. … Read More
1953 29 Years Old Lawford made his television debut in 1953 in a guest starring role on Ronald Reagan's anthology series, General Electric Theater.


1954 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1954, he starred as a newspaper advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist named Bill Hastings in the short-lived NBC series Dear Phoebe with Marcia Henderson and Charles Lane. … Read More
1960 36 Years Old Lawford became an American citizen on 23 April 1960. … Read More
1963 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The break stemmed from a scheduled visit to Sinatra's home by Lawford's brother-in-law, President Kennedy, during a 1963 West Coast trip. … Read More


1966 42 Years Old Lawford and Patricia Kennedy divorced in February 1966.
1971 47 Years Old Lawford married his second wife, Mary Rowan, daughter of comedian Dan Rowan, in October 1971 when she was one day shy of 22 years of age; Lawford was 48.


1975 51 Years Old Rowan and Lawford separated two years later and divorced in January 1975.
1976 52 Years Old In June 1976, at age 52, he married aspiring actress Deborah Gould, 25, whom he had known for only three weeks.
1977 53 Years Old Lawford and Gould separated two months after marrying and divorced in 1977.


1984 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Lawford died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984, aged 61, from cardiac arrest. … Read More
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