Lawrence Tierney (March 15, 1919 - February 26, 2002) was an American actor who portrayed Alton Benes in "The Jacket". Lawrence was best known for his many screen portrayals of mobsters and tough guys, roles that mirrored his own frequent brushes with the law.[3]

Guest appearance in "The Jacket" episode

He was intended to portray Alton to the point where the character was recurring, but he hid a knife from the set in his jacket which Jerry Seinfeld noticed. Lawrence then joked with the knife in a manner resembling Psycho towards Jerry where he was not asked to return.

Personal/family life

Tierney's younger brothers were actors Scott Brady, star of the 1959–61 syndicated western TV series Shotgun Slade, and Edward Tierney, who subsequently left acting for the construction business. His nephew is film director and actor Michael Tierney.


Lawrence died of pneumonia at age 82 (two weeks before his 83rd birthday) at a Los Angeles nursing-assisted living home on February 26, 2002 where he had been residing for over two years.[4] He left one daughter,[5] Elizabeth Tierney, of Park City, Utah.[3]


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