Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Lester Rawlins Biography (1924-1988)
Born September 24, 1924, in Sharon, PA; died of a heart attack, March 22, 1988, in New York, NY. son of Leona Verier.
- Birth Details
- September 24, 1924
- Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States
- Death Details
- March 22, 1988
- New York, New York, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Hunchback dwarf, Birthday of the Infanta, Farrell Auditorium, Farrell, PA, 1930.
- OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT--Lodovico, Othello, City Center Theatre, 1955.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Farrell Auditorium, Farrell, PA, 1935.
- Maxie, June Moon, Chapel Playhouse, Guildford, CT, 1948.
- the Nephew, The Golden State, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1953.
- Lodovico, Othello, Conrade, Much Ado about Nothing, and Worcester, HenryIV, Part One, all Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1955.
- Worcester, Henry IV, Part One, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Lennox, Macbeth, Jan Hus Playhouse, New York City, 1955.
- Gloucester, King Lear, City Center Theatre, 1956.
- Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet, Jan Hus Playhouse, 1956.
- Escavalon, The Lovers, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- Dogberry, Much Ado about Nothing, Angelo, Measure for Measure, and Gloucester, King Lear, all Antioch Shakespeare Festival, Antioch, OH, 1956.
- Polonius, Hamlet, Shakespearewrights Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- the Cardinal, The Prisoner, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1957.
- Pop, The Pajama Game, the Artist, Can-Can, Mr. Moon, Anything Goes, Jeff,Brigadoon, Mr. Applegate, Damn Yankees, and Luther Billis, South Pacific, all Flint Musical Tent, Flint, MI, then Detroit Musical Tent, Detroit, MI, 1957.
- David Slater, The Moon Is Blue, North Jersey Playhouse, Fort Lee, NJ, 1957.
- Clarence, Richard III, New York Shakespeare Festival, Heckscher Theatre,New York City, 1957.
- Hamm, Endgame, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1958.
- Shunderson, Dr. Praetorius, North Jersey Playhouse, 1958.
- Ensign Pulver, Mister Roberts, Flint Musical Tent, 1958.
- Regan, The Quare Fellow, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1958.
- Sir Nathaniel, Love's Labour's Lost, Library of Congress, Washington, DC,1959.
- Papa, The Happy Time, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove, FL, 1960.
- Lord Byron, Camino Real, St. Mark's Playhouse, New York City, 1960.
- Poppet, Redhead, and Bennie, The Desert Song, both Rochester Musical Theatre, Rochester, NY, then Syracuse Musical Theatre, Syracuse, NY, 1960.
- Fender, The Bespoke Overcoat, Grigson, Shadow of a Gunman, and Beggar, Elektra, all Olney Theatre, MD, 1960.
- Tesman, Hedda Gabler, Fourth Street Theatre, New York City, 1960.
- Cranmer, A Man for All Seasons, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1961.
- Don Felipe, We Take the Town, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, then Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1962.
- the Fool, King Lear, Angelo, Comedy of Errors, and Fluellen, Henry V, allAmerican Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1963, then Festival of the TwoWorlds, Spoleto, Italy, 1964.
- title role, Hamlet, American Shakespeare Festival, 1964.
- Captain Amasa Delano, Benito Cereno, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- Wissey Jones, The Child Buyer, Garrick Theatre, New York City, 1964.
- Trock, Winterset, Jan Hus Playhouse, 1966.
- Leonard, In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Eastside Playhouse, New York City,1969.
- Governor, The Reckoning, St. Mark's Playhouse, 1969.
- He, He Who Gets Slapped, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1970.
- Jon Bristow, Nightride, Van Dam Theatre, New York City, 1971.
- Count Paul Nevlinski, Herzl, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1976.
- Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, Circle in the Square, 1977.
- Drumm, Da, Hudson Guild Theatre, then Morosco Theatre, both New York City, 1978.
- Also appeared in The Glass Menagerie, City Center Theatre, 1956; as the title role, Richard III, summer theatre production, 1960; in The Golden Age (concert reading), Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1963; in summer theatre productions at the Chapel Playhouse, Guildford, CT, 1949; and in thirty productions at Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1950- 52 and 1954-55.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Mr. Applegate, Damn Yankees, U.S. cities, 1958.
- Jack Jordan, Say, Darling, and Papa, Happy Time, U.S. cities, both 1959.
- FILM DEBUT--Reporter, Mr. Congressman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Editor, Within Man's Power, National Tuberculosis Association, 1954.
- Dr. Linstrom, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Universal, 1970.
- Blevins Playfair, They Might Be Giants, Universal, 1971.
- board chairman, God Told Me To (also known as Demon), New World, 1976.
- silent patient, Lovesick, Warner Brothers, 1983.
- TELEVISION DEBUT--Dancer, The Dinah Shore Show, CBS, 1953.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Rysdale, Secret Storm, CBS, 1962-63.
- Also Spencer Smith, Ryan's Hope, ABC; Orin Hellyer, The Edge of Night, CBS.
- Brown, Nick and Nora, ABC, 1975.
- Dr. Timms, The Equalizer, CBS, 1985.
- Also "The Life of Samuel Johnson," Omnibus, CBS, 1956; Studio One, CBS, 1956; Look Up and Live, CBS, 1961; "Salome," Omnibus, CBS; The Defenders, CBS;The Nurses, CBS; Camera Three, CBS; Eye on New York, CBS; Portraits in Verse, CBS; John Brown's Body, CBS; Russian Special, CBS; Banacek, NBC; Apple's Way, CBS; The Snoop Sisters,NBC; Police Woman, NBC; Starsky and Hutch, ABC.
- The Waste Land (dramatic reading), NTA, 1965.
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