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      Lawrence Pressman

      Lawrence Pressman

      Highest Rated: 88% Shaft (1971)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Sunchaser (1996)

      Birthday: Jul 10, 1939

      Birthplace: Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA

      Lawrence Pressman has been a busy guy since his first appearance on the daytime soap "The Edge of Night" in 1969, always able to bring a little class to a production no matter how big or small the role. In the 1970s he worked mostly in television, including small parts in popular crime dramas "Hawaii Five-O," "Barnaby Jones," and "The Streets of San Francisco." A versatile actor, he has also appeared in sitcoms "The Bob Newhart Show" and "M*A*S*H." He had a top role in the classic 1971 blaxploitation cop film "Shaft." His most notable film role during this period was entomologist Nils Hellstrom in the cult science fiction film "The Hellstrom Chronicle," a mix of fiction and documentary best remembered for its extraordinary cinematography. His other prominent television work was the seminal primetime miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man," as well as heading his own short-lived program, "Mulligan's Stew," about a high school football coach (Pressman) and his wife raising a household of seven children. Work over the next couple of decades did not let up for the actor, though his most familiar gig was arguably the 1980 sitcom "Ladies' Man" and his prominent role as Dr. Benjamin Canfield on the medical dramedy "Doogie Howser, M.D." starring a young Neil Patrick Harris. Pressman also had roles on the crime drama "Crossing Jordan," the drama "Judging Amy," and a recurring guest spot on the soap opera "General Hospital."

      Highest rated movies

      Shaft
      Mother and Child
      The Hellstrom Chronicle
      9 to 5
      Angus
      American Pie
      Mighty Joe Young
      Trial and Error

      Photos

      Lawrence Pressman Lawrence Pressman at arrivals for AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL Opening Night, Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, Los Angeles, CA December 16, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 71% Saving Paradise Don Peterson (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story Self - 2018
      No Score Yet 20% Totem Bernard (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Heavens Pastor Jim (Character) - 2013
      79% 76% Mother and Child Dr. Morgan (Character) $1.1M 2009
      36% 33% Tickling Leo Warren Pikler (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 18% Mentor Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 24% The Far Side of Jericho Van Damm (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Without Conviction Dr. G.K. Sanderson (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet DC 9/11: Time of Crisis Vice President Dick Cheney (Character) - 2003
      61% 61% American Pie Coach Marshall (Character) $101.7M 1999
      54% 40% Mighty Joe Young Dr. Elliot Baker (Character) $50.6M 1998
      No Score Yet 53% The Maker Father Minnell (Character) - 1997
      50% 30% Trial and Error Whitfield (Character) $13.6M 1997
      No Score Yet 42% She Cried No Edward Connell (Character) - 1996
      17% 42% Sunchaser Agent in Charge Collier (Character) $23.1K 1996
      No Score Yet 57% The Late Shift Bob Wright (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Uninvited Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Case for Life Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whose Daughter Is She? Dr. Joe Steiner (Character) - 1995
      67% 69% Angus Principal Metcalf (Character) $4.8M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To My Daughter With Love Arthur Monroe (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Roland West (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Breaking Point Gen. Smith (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Girl Lost Lester (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 47% The Hanoi Hilton Cathcart (Character) $39.0K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Fighting Choice Dr. Tobin (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red-Light Sting Larry Barton (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story Dr. Stein (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love or Money Herb (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 38% Cry for the Strangers Glen Palmer (Character) - 1982
      69% 74% 9 to 5 Dick Bernly (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 93% Walk Proud Henry Lassiter (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Atlantis Commander Phil Roth (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 79% The Gathering Tom (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald Paul Ewbank (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mulligan's Stew Michael Mulligan (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant Dr. Konrad Zane (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Kill Peter Lockhard (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder Passki (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder by Proxy Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marcus-Nelson Murders Cabot (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Female Instinct Lieutenant Ostrowski (Character) - 1972
      75% 87% The Hellstrom Chronicle Unknown (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon David Elder (Character) - 1971
      88% 68% Shaft Sergeant Tom Hanson (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      100% 89% Carol & the End of the World Bernard (Voice) 2023
      No Score Yet 69% Hawaii Five-0 Stanley (Guest Star) 2020
      55% 76% Doubt Ivan Sturgill (Guest Star) 2017
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Vernon 'Brando' Wilkes (Guest Star) 2013-2015
      91% 76% Transparent Ed Paskowitz (Guest Star) 2014
      94% 96% Mad Men Henry Sloan (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      76% 67% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Chancellor Stern (Guest Star) 2008
      86% 93% Boston Legal Judge Floyd Hurwitz (Guest Star) 2007-2008
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Dr. Russell Pike (Guest Star) 2003 2006
      90% 83% Bones Trent Seward (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Jordan Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Century City Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Floyd Stiles (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999 2001 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 83% The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1999 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hughleys Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      65% 81% Dark Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      74% 85% The X-Files Mr. Milsap (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiler Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Tekeny Ghemor (Guest Star) 1994-1995 1997
      53% No Score Yet Dangerous Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moloney Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 95% The Pretender Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sentinel Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Quinn Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      38% No Score Yet Partners Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1993 1995
      83% 93% NYPD Blue Arnold Rudman (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Philip Holt (Guest Star) 1985 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D. Dr. Benjamin Canfield (Character) 1989-1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1986 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet 86% Street Hawk Thomas Miller (Guest Star) 1985
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Art Bradley (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet 87% M*A*S*H Congressional Aide R. Theodore Williamson (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Larry Drake (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Greg McGuire (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Kent Preedy (Guest Star) 1975-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Ed Hoffman (Guest Star) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Hartnett (Guest Star) 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Peter Jordan (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Bill Phelps (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. John Fawcett (Guest Star) 1970