(February 17, 1910–November 27, 2005): Tough-guy American character actor and former opera singer who portrayed Rodney, the syndicate hit man who becomes the first victim that Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) hunts in his “fun house” in The Man with the Golden Gun. Lawrence had previously portrayed one of the Las Vegas diamond smuggling syndicate hoods in Diamonds Are Forever. After voluptuous Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood) is unceremoniously tossed out of a Las Vegas hotel room window, Lawrence utters the immortal line “I didn’t know there was a pool down there.”
A native of New York City, Lawrence had a long and distinguished career in the movies, making his feature film debut as a henchman in the comedy drama If I Had a Million (1932). He was blacklisted in the 1950s and spent a decade working in Europe. His additional feature film credits include San Quentin (1937); While New York Sleeps (1938); Johnny Apollo (1940); Hold That Ghost (1941); The Ox-Bow Incident (1943); Captain from Castile (1947); The Asphalt Jungle (1950), as Cobby the bookie; Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950); Helen of Troy (1956); Krakatoa: East of Java (1968); The Kremlin Letter (1970); and Marathon Man (1976).