Richard Lawson (actor)

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Richard Lawson
BornRickey Lee Lawson
(1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 67)
Loma Linda, California, United States
Other namesRick Lawson
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Denise Gordy (1978–1989)
ChildrenBianca Lawson (b. 1979)
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Richard Lawson
BornRickey Lee Lawson
(1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 67)
Loma Linda, California, United States
Other namesRick Lawson
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Denise Gordy (1978–1989)
ChildrenBianca Lawson (b. 1979)
Richard Lawson.Net

Richard Lawson (born March 7, 1947) is an American actor who has starred in movies and on television. He is perhaps best known for his roles in science fiction—he portrayed Ryan in the 1982 hit movie Poltergeist, and Dr. Ben Taylor in the hit 1983 NBC miniseries V.

Life and career[edit]

Born Rickey Lee Lawson in Loma Linda, California, Lawson served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War before embarking on an acting career. His first feature film role (uncredited) was that of a gay man targeted for murder in the classic 1971 movie Dirty Harry. In 1973, he played Willis in Scream Blacula Scream. His other well known roles include the 1979 movie The Main Event, and the 1984 drama Streets of Fire, where he played Officer Ed Price.

Lawson's first on-going starring role in a television series was in Australian drama Hotel Story in 1977. That series was cancelled before the first episode had gone to air. He later starred in the 1980s series Chicago Story; he took the on-going role of Nick Kimball in night time soap opera Dynasty from 1986–1987, appeared in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd as Detective Nathaniel Hawthorne from 1989–1991, and was in the day time soap opera All My Children as Lucas Barnes from 1992-1994. Lawson has made many guest appearances on TV, including roles on Kojak, Get Christie Love!, Sister, Sister, Soul Food, The Bernie Mac Show, The Division and Strong Medicine.

Lawson has one child, actress Bianca Lawson with actress Denise Gordy.

In March 1992, he survived a USAir Flight 405 plane crash, after take-off from LaGuardia Airport, in Queens, New York City.[1]


1971Dirty Harry(uncredited)Theatrical film
1973Scream Blacula ScreamWillis DanielsTheatrical film
1973Fox StyleLittle HenryTheatrical film
1974Sugar HillValentineTheatrical film
1974Black FistLeroy FiskTheatrical film
1977Audrey RosePoliceman #1Theatrical film
1978Coming HomePatTheatrical film
1979The Main EventHector MantillaTheatrical film
1982PoltergeistRyanTheatrical film
1984Streets of FireOfficer Ed PriceTheatrical film
1985StickCornellTheatrical film
1997Wag the DogCIA AgentTheatrical film
1998How Stella Got Her Groove BackJackTheatrical film
2000Mars and BeyondMission Flight Director Maynard NixonShort
2001Blue Hill AvenueUncle RobTheatrical film
2003Out of the RainDonaldTheatrical film
2003Black ListedAgent GordonDirect-to-video film
2005Guess WhoMarcusTheatrical film
2006The Last StandWinstonTheatrical film
2007I'm Through with White GirlsJames EvansTheatrical film
2008Love for SaleUncle MacTheatrical film
2009The Business of ShowShort
2010MassacreRich CannonTheatrical film
2010For Colored GirlsFrankTheatrical film
2014Welcome, SinnersRon LogsdonTheatrical film
1973ShaftDon Lewis1 episode
1973Kojak1st Suspect1 episode
1974Get Christie Love!1 episode
1975The Streets of San FranciscoEddie Hill1 episode
1975Medical CenterAndy Willis1 episode
1975CrossfireTelevision movie
1976Bert D'Angelo/Superstar1 episode
1976Most Wanted1 episode
1977Hotel Story7 episodes
1977All in the FamilyAngry Black Man1 episode
1977The Fantastic JourneyBarker1 episode
1978Good TimesRaymond1 episode
1978Having BabiesBert Rollins1 episode
1978What Really Happened to the Class of '65?Lt. Sawyer1 episode
1979CharlestonJames HarrisTelevision movie
1979The Jericho MileR.C. StilesTelevision movie
1979Buffalo SoldiersCaleb HolidayTelevision movie
1980The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love StoryGene DavisTelevision movie
1981The White ShadowDavid Mackey1 episode
1982T. J. HookerOfficer David McNeil1 episode
1982Chicago StoryDet. O.Z. Tate13 episodes
1983VDr. Ben TaylorMiniseries
1983Hardcastle and McCormickKid Calico1 episode
1984Magnum, P.I.Gerald Calvin1 episode
1985St. Elsewhere1 episode
1985Remington SteeleMonroe Henderson1 episode
1986Comedy FactoryDr. Julius Pepper1 episode
1986Under the InfluenceDr. DuranTelevision movie
1986Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBIAdam PrenticeTelevision movie
1986–1987DynastyNick Kimball11 episodes
1987AmenDr. Jonathan Wallace1 episode
1988CBS Summer PlayhouseNick Scott1 episode
1988WiseguyThurman McGill1 episode
1988227Raymond1 episode
1988–1991The Days and Nights of Molly DoddDet. Nathaniel Hawthorne21 episodes
19891st & Ten: The Championship2 episodes
1989The ForgottenSergeant Frank 'Doc' McDermottTelevision movie
1989Double Your PleasureDashTelevision movie
1989–1991MacGyverJesse Colton3 episodes
1991Father Dowling MysteriesBrad Whitfield1 episode
1991The Cosby ShowMr. Bostic1 episode
1992–1994All My ChildrenLucas Barnes12 episodes
1993Saved by the Bell: The New ClassJudge Thurston Jones1 episode
1995Picket FencesDale "Sky" Betts1 episode
1996Pandora's ClockCaptain Daniel RobbTelevision movie
1997Good NewsPercy Shepperd2 episodes
1997MoeshaMarlon James1 episode
1998The Parent 'HoodT.K.'s Father1 episode
1998L.A. DoctorsGary Miller1 episode
1999JusticeGusTelevision movie
1999Sister, SisterVictor Sims4 episodes
1999Jackie's BackMilkman Summers (Jackie's Ex-Husband #1)Television movie
1999Judging AmyThomas Horne1 episode
2000Family LawChuck1 episode
2001JAGSgt. Dan Craig1 episode
2001Touched by an AngelNicholas Freeman1 episode
2001Soul FoodReverend Bobby Baxter1 episode
2001Strong MedicineAlton Clayborne1 episode
2001The Bernie Mac ShowBishop1 episode
2002The DistrictCommander Richard Gray2 episodes
2002For the PeopleClay Portman1 episode
2003Maniac MageeMr. BealeTelevision movie
2003Half & HalfBen1 episode
2004The DivisionLaBon1 episode
2004Dead Like MeWilliam Garrett1 episode
2004Christmas at Water's EdgeMr. TurnerTelevision movie
2005E-Ring1 episode
2006All of UsLuther Brody2 episodes
2008Numb3rsClay Porter, Sr.1 episode
2011Angry BoysShwayne Senior7 episodes
2013Real Husbands of HollywoodDetective Smith1 episode


  1. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (July 15, 2007). "Something happened". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 

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