Monday, April 26, 2010

Scary Larry

He shot from a primitive source
and plotted a violent course
So vicious and vile
wore sneer for a smile
and lacked any jot of remorse

No other actor ever had a persona as bluntly hard-boiled as did Lawrence Tierney. With his scowl and clenched jaw, Tierney trademarked his surly, brutal thug in films like Dillinger, Born To Kill, The Devil Thumbs a Ride, Kill or be Killed and The Hoodlum. And Tierney played the same two-fisted part off-screen, too. Read noir writer Eddie Muller's vivid account of meeting the "living, breathing Noir Monster" in person, here. This is just the starting gun for Lawrence Tierney Week. Above: Tierney about to prove that he's Born to Kill. Below: Dillinger mugshot.

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