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Lawrence Dobkin

Highest Rated:   100% Them! (1954)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
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Along with such colleagues as William Conrad, John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Barney Phillips, and Virginia Gregg, bald-pated American character actor Lawrence Dobkin was one of the mainstays of network radio in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Dobkin began popping up in films in 1949, playing any number of doctors, lawyers, attach├ęs, military officials, and desk sergeants. Most of his parts were fleeting, many were unbilled: he can be seen as a soft-spoken rabbi in Angels in the Outfield (1951), one of the three psychiatrists baffled by alien visitor Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), an angered citizen of Rome in Julius Caesar (1953), and so on. Enjoying larger roles on TV, Dobkin was generally cast as a scheming villain (e.g., Dutch Schultz on The Untouchables). One of his showiest assignments was as the demented Gregory Praxas, horror film star turned mass murderer, in the 1972 pilot film for Streets of San Francisco. From the early '60s onward, Dobkin was busier as a writer and director than as an actor. He amassed a respectable list of TV directorial credits, as well as one theatrical feature, Sixteen (1972). Habitu├ęs of "speculation" docudramas of the 1970s and 1980s will recognize Lawrence Dobkin as the bearded, avuncular narrator of many of these efforts; he also appeared as Pontius Pilate in the speculative 1979 four-waller In Search of Historic Jesus.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Territorial Men
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Roswell
  • General
1994
17% Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time
  • Admiral Binns
1991
No Score Yet Curiosity Kills
  • Harry
1990
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus
  • Pontius Pilate
1979
No Score Yet Mysteries from Beyond Earth
  • Narrator
1976
No Score Yet Mysteries From Beyond Earth
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Midnight Man
  • Mason
1974
94% Patton
  • Col. Gaston Bell
1970
No Score Yet Johnny Yuma
  • Linus Jerome Carradine
1966
No Score Yet The Cabinet of Caligari
  • Dr. Frank David
1962
80% Geronimo
  • Gen. Crook
1962
99% North by Northwest
  • Cartoonist
1959
No Score Yet The Gene Krupa Story
  • Speaker Willis
1959
83% The Defiant Ones
  • Editor
1958
No Score Yet Portland Expose
  • Garnell
1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success
  • Leo Bartha
1957
No Score Yet The Badge of Marshal Brennan
  • Chickamon
1957
No Score Yet Raiders of Old California
  • Don Miguel Sebastian
1957
89% The Ten Commandments
  • Hur Ben Caleb
1956
No Score Yet Illegal
  • Al Carol
1955
13% The Silver Chalice
  • Ephraim
1954
100% Them!
  • Engineer
1954
No Score Yet Riders to the Stars
  • Dr. Delmar
1954
95% Julius Caesar
  • Citizen of Rome
1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Farrell
1953
No Score Yet Sabaka
  • Aide
1953
No Score Yet Above and Beyond
  • Dr. Van Dyke
1952
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal)
  • Secretary of the Senate
1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier
  • Russian Agent
1952
No Score Yet Loan Shark
  • Walter Karr
1952
86% Deadline - U.S.A.
  • Lawyer Hansen
1952
100% 5 Fingers
  • Santos
1952
No Score Yet Red Skies of Montana
  • Spotter
1952
No Score Yet On the Loose
  • Ruegg
1951
100% People Will Talk
  • Business Manager
1951
80% The Mob
  • Doctor
1951
No Score Yet Frenchie
  • Bartender
1950
88% D.O.A.
  • Dr. Schaefer
1950
No Score Yet Young Lovers
  • Dr. Middleton
1950
80% Not Wanted
  • Assistant District Attorney
1949
91% Whirlpool
  • Surgeon Wayne
1949
96% Twelve O'Clock High
  • Capt. Twombley
1949
No Score Yet The Young Lovers
  • Actor
1949

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
  • Stewart Palmer
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Judge Gersh
  • 1998
No Score Yet Melrose Place
1992-1999
  • Hadley Judge Pittman Judge
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Profiler
1996-2000
  • Professor Bello
  • 1997
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • Actor
  • 1991
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
  • Supreme-Court Justice
  • 1991
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Ambassador Kell
  • 1991
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Kharsov Prof. Ryman
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Dynasty
1981-1989
  • Director
  • 1982
No Score Yet Knight Rider
1982-1986
  • Kincaid
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • Director
  • Prof. Ghote
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
  • Director
  • 1979
No Score Yet Fantasy Island
1978-1984
  • Director
  • 1979
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
  • Director
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Blue Knight
1975-1976
  • Director
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man
1974-1978
  • Director
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Director
  • Actor
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
  • Director
  • 1968
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
  • Director
  • 1966
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
  • Director
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
  • Director
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
  • Reed Pascal
  • 1965
  • 1961
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
  • Director
  • 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Garcia Jacklin
  • 1960
  • 1956
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
  • Xavier Counterfeiter Counterman
  • 1956
  • 1953
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
  • Swami
  • 1953
No Score Yet War and Remembrance
1988-1989
  • Gen. George S. Patton

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