Knowledge Identifier: +Eddie_Lawrence
American monologist, actor, singer, lyricist, playwright, director and television personality, whose unique comic creation, the eternally optimistic Old Philosopher, has gained him a devoted cult following for over five decades
Born in 1919.
Countries: United States (48%), New York (18%), United Kingdom (15%)
Linked to: Columbia Records, Detroit Tigers, Paramount Pictures
Born "'Lawrence Eisler"' in Brooklyn, New York, he began performing at the end of the Depression 1930s
By the early 1950s, now rechristened "'Eddie Lawrence"', he continued to appear in lesser clubs, honing his comic timing, while taking bit parts in the numerous live television productions prevalent in New York
On March 5, 1958 he made a rare television acting appearance in an episode of "Sergeant Bilko" playing an artist named Felix, a next door neighbor to a character played by Alan Alda
The extended-length title was among the earliest, "Abner the Baseball", a 16-minute special seen in November 1961, based upon a tale which was among the tracks on "The Kingdom of Eddie Lawrence" LP. It is a first-person account by an anthropomorphized baseball describing its experience of being hit out of Briggs Stadium by Mickey Mantle in a September 10, 1960 home run against the Detroit Tigers
Concurrent with his work on the Famous Studios cartoons, for a 13-month period from September 1963 to October 1964, baby boomers who lived within reach of New York City 's television stations, had the opportunity to see Eddie Lawrence Monday through Friday afternoons on independent station WPIX Channel 11 which, along with another New York independent, WNEW Channel 5 was, during the 1950s and 1960s, the station with the greatest number of "kiddie shows" on its broadcast schedule
Ultimately, however, defining changes in the financing and distribution of mass-produced short subjects, meant that neither Eddie Lawrence nor another creative talent at the studio, Ralph Bakshi could stave off the demise of the theatrical cartoon, as Famous Studios closed its doors in 1967
Between 1968 and 1978, he had small roles in five features, starting with William Friedkin's 1968 recreation of 1920 New York City , "The Night They Raided Minsky's"
All that remained were the book and lyrics written by James Lipton who gained celebrity twenty-seven years later, in 1994, as the creator and host of the long-running actor-interview series "Inside the Actors Studio"