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[[File:PeterLawfordAngelsRevenge.png|thumb|right|250px|Peter Lawford in [[Angels Revenge]].]]
 
[[File:PeterLawfordAngelsRevenge.png|thumb|right|250px|Peter Lawford in [[Angels Revenge]].]]
   
'''Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford''' (September 7, 1923 – December 24, 1984) was an English actor and ex brother-in-law to the Kennedy family through his marriage to Patricia Kennedy. Lawford was a member of the ''Rat Pack'' along with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. To [[Mystery Science Theater 3000]] fans he is most well known for playing the role of the drug kingpin Burke in the [[Greydon Clark]] movie ''[[Angels Revenge]]''.
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'''Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford''' ([[September 7]], [[1923]][[December 24]], [[1984]]) was an English actor. He married to Patricia Kennedy in [[1954]] and therefore became an member of the extended Kennedy family during John F. Kennedy's time as President of the United States.
   
 
Born in London, Lawford was the product of an affair between Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE and May Sommerville Bunny - who were both married to others at the time. Both of their spouses divorced them and Lawford's parents soon married. The family moved to France and eventually to the United States. An accident at the age of 14 in which Lawford's right arm went through a glass plate caused irreparable damage to the arm, and made him ineligible for military service in World War II. Lawford decided instead to become an actor and in the late 1930s signed a contract with MGM. Lawford gained acclaim for several movies he performed in the 1940s and early 1950s.
 
Born in London, Lawford was the product of an affair between Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE and May Sommerville Bunny - who were both married to others at the time. Both of their spouses divorced them and Lawford's parents soon married. The family moved to France and eventually to the United States. An accident at the age of 14 in which Lawford's right arm went through a glass plate caused irreparable damage to the arm, and made him ineligible for military service in World War II. Lawford decided instead to become an actor and in the late 1930s signed a contract with MGM. Lawford gained acclaim for several movies he performed in the 1940s and early 1950s.
   
Lawford was a friend of Frank Sinatra for a number of years, however Sinatra broke off the friendship after Kennedy chose to stay at Bing Crosby's home instead of Sinatra's place and refused to even speak to Lawford. Crosby's home and Sinatra's refusal to speak to Lawford were both referenced in ''Angels Revenge'' in the form of riffs by [[Mike Nelson]] and the bots.
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Lawford became part of the group of entertainers known as "The Rat Pack" along with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop. He was ejected from the group after an incident in [[1962]] in which Sinatra blamed Lawford for President Kennedy choosing to stay at the home of rival singer Bing Crosby rather than Sinatra's during a presidential visit to California. Sinatra reportedly believed that Lawford failed to use his family connection to change Kennedy's mind, and Sinatra and Lawford never reconciled.
   
By the 1970s Lawford's career was in serious decline. Patricia Kennedy had long since divorced him and he had been through two more marriages in the meantime. Lawford had burned a number of bridges throughout Hollywood and as a result it became very difficult for him to find work. He was mainly confined to television and small movie roles. Alsot t he effects of substance abuse had caught up with Lawford, which was also commented on by Mike and the bots.
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By the 1970s Lawford's career was in decline. Patricia Kennedy had divorced him in 1966 and he had married and divorced two more times by 1977. He mostly worked in television and small movie roles.
   
Lawford died from cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve. By the time he died he was suffering from both kidney and liver failure due to his drug and alcohol abuse. Lawford was cremated the following day. His ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. After disputes over payment between the cemetery and his widow his ashes were removed and scattered off the coast of California.
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The effects of substance abuse had begun to take their toll on Lawford, who died of cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve 1984. At the time of his death, he was suffering from both kidney and liver failure due to his drug and alcohol abuse. Lawford was cremated and his ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. After disputes over payment between the cemetery and his widow his ashes were removed and scattered off the coast of California.
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==Riffed Movies==
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* ''[[Angels Revenge (film)|Angels Revenge]]'' ([[MST3K 622 - Angels Revenge|Experiment #622]] and [[RiffTrax|RiffTrax Presents]]) - as Burke
   
 
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Latest revision as of 19:20, 24 May 2020

Peter Lawford in Angels Revenge.

Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford (September 7, 1923December 24, 1984) was an English actor. He married to Patricia Kennedy in 1954 and therefore became an member of the extended Kennedy family during John F. Kennedy's time as President of the United States.

Born in London, Lawford was the product of an affair between Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE and May Sommerville Bunny - who were both married to others at the time. Both of their spouses divorced them and Lawford's parents soon married. The family moved to France and eventually to the United States. An accident at the age of 14 in which Lawford's right arm went through a glass plate caused irreparable damage to the arm, and made him ineligible for military service in World War II. Lawford decided instead to become an actor and in the late 1930s signed a contract with MGM. Lawford gained acclaim for several movies he performed in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Lawford became part of the group of entertainers known as "The Rat Pack" along with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop. He was ejected from the group after an incident in 1962 in which Sinatra blamed Lawford for President Kennedy choosing to stay at the home of rival singer Bing Crosby rather than Sinatra's during a presidential visit to California. Sinatra reportedly believed that Lawford failed to use his family connection to change Kennedy's mind, and Sinatra and Lawford never reconciled.

By the 1970s Lawford's career was in decline. Patricia Kennedy had divorced him in 1966 and he had married and divorced two more times by 1977. He mostly worked in television and small movie roles.

The effects of substance abuse had begun to take their toll on Lawford, who died of cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve 1984. At the time of his death, he was suffering from both kidney and liver failure due to his drug and alcohol abuse. Lawford was cremated and his ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. After disputes over payment between the cemetery and his widow his ashes were removed and scattered off the coast of California.

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