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Mordecai Lawner

( b. 1928 - d. Nov 27, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male

Mordecai Lawner was a lifelong actor who appeared in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall." Lawner played the father of Allen's character Alvy Singer. In a flashback to Singer's childhood living under the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, Lawner can be seen admonishing his wife for firing the cleaning woman.

"She has no money!" he proclaimed. "She's got a right to steal from us! After all, who is she gonna steal from if not us?"

His other movie credits include "Ghostbusters II" and "A Fish in the Bathtub."

Lawner was a regular on and Off Broadway. On Broadway in 1975, he played Stanley in Death of a Salesman in George C. Scott's Circle in the Square production.

Lawner continued to perform in regional productions into his 80s, including Tuesdays With Morrie in Saratoga Springs, New York. He often shared the stage with his wife Eugenia Thornton, who died in 2005. Lawner also taught at the High School of the Performing Arts, Neighborhood Playhouse and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Lawner graduated from City College of the City University of New York. Except for a tour of duty in Germany in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and years teaching in the theater program at Carnegie Mellon, he lived in Manhattan most of his life.

Source: Variety.com obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Mordecai Lawner [Jack Cohen]
Aug 21, 1986 - Aug 23, 1986
Death of a Salesman
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Mordecai Lawner [Stanley]
Jun 26, 1975 - Aug 24, 1975
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