Lawrence O'Donnell Biography (1951?-)

Full name, Lawrence Francis O'Donnell, Jr.; born November 7, 1951 (some sources cite 1955), in Boston, MA; son of Lawrence Francis (an attorney) and Frances Marie (an office manager; maiden name, Buckley) O'Donnell; married KathrynHunter Harrold (an actress), 1994; children: Elizabeth Buckley Harrold. Addresses: Agent: Chris Silbermann, Broder/Webb/Chervin/Silbermann, 9242 Beverly Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Producer, writer
Birth Details
November 7, 1951?
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Technical consultant, Feds, CBS, 1997
  • Coproducer, The West Wing (also known as West Wing), NBC, 2000
  • Producer, The West Wing (also known as West Wing), NBC, 2000-2001
  • Supervising producer, First Monday, CBS, 2002
  • Creator and executive producer, Mister Sterling, NBC, 2003
  • Executive producer, The West Wing (also known as West Wing), NBC, 2005-2006
  • Executive story editor for the series The West Wing (also known asWest Wing), NBC.
  • Movies
  • Associate producer, A Case of Deadly Force, CBS, 1986
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Senior political analyst, MSNBC Live (also known as MSNBC Dayside and MSNBC Right Now), MSNBC, beginning c. 1996
  • Movies
  • (As Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.) Judge Leggett, Mrs. Harris, HBO, 2005
  • Specials
  • (As Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.) Himself, Politics: A Pop Culture History, VH1, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Dr. Bartlet, "Two Cathedrals," The West Wing (also known as West Wing), NBC, 2001
  • (As Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.) Judge Franklin Brown, "Goodbye," The Practice, ABC, 2003
  • While billed as Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr., appeared as Judge Calloway in "Privileged," an unaired episode of The Lyon's Den, NBC, 2003.
  • Television Guest Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Scarborough Country, MSNBC, 2004
  • Dennis Miller, CNBC, multiple appearances, 2004 and 2005
  • The Al Franken Show, Sundance Channel, multiple appearances, 2005
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (also known as The LateLate Show), CBS, 2005
  • Weekends at the DL, Comedy Central, 2005
  • Appeared in ABC News Nightline (also known as Nightline), ABC; The CBS Morning Show, CBS; Charlie Rose, PBS; Good Morning America (also known as GMA), ABC; The McLaughlin Group,PBS; and Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC. Appeared in episodes of other series, including programs hosted by Phil Donahue and Larry King.
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • (As Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.) Lee Hatcher, Big Love, HBO, 2006
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Himself, The Al Franken Show, Air America Radio, multiple episodesin 2005
  • Teleplays
  • with Others; Series
  • The West Wing (also known as West Wing), NBC, 2000, 2004-2005
  • Mister Sterling, NBC, 2003
  • with Others; Episodic
  • "Right to Die," First Monday, CBS, 2002
  • Several episodes of the television series The West Wing (also known as West Wing), NBC were based on stories by O'Donnell.
  • with Others; Pilots
  • Mister Sterling, NBC, 2003
  • Screenplays
  • (With Paul Redford) The Crusaders (based on a book by Jack Greenberg), New Line Cinema, 2007
  • Nonfiction
  • Deadly Force: The Wrongful Death of James Bouden, Jr.; A True Story ofHow a Badge Can Become a License to Kill, William Morrow and Company, 1983
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Boston, New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

Further Reference


  • The television movie A Case of Deadly Force was based on O'Donnell's book Deadly Force: The Wrongful Death of James Bouden, Jr.; A True Story of How a Badge Can Become a License to Kill.

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