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Richard Lee (Rickey) Lawson

Birthplace: Loma Linda, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of <Private> Lawson
Husband of Tina Knowles and Denise Gordy
Father of Bianca Lawson

Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Private User
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About Richard Lawson

American actor Richard Lawson starred in movies and on television. He is perhaps best-known for his roles in science fiction—he portrayed Ryan in the 1982 hit movie Poltergeist, and Dr. Ben Taylor in the hit 1983 NBC miniseries V.

Born Rickey Lee Lawson in Loma Linda, California, Lawson served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War before embarking on an acting career. His first feature film role (uncredited) was that of a gay man targeted for murder in the classic 1971 movie Dirty Harry. In 1973, he played Willis in Scream Blacula Scream. His other well known roles include the 1979 movie The Main Event, and the 1984 drama Streets of Fire, where he played Officer Ed Price.

Lawson's first on-going starring role in a television series was in Australian drama Hotel Story in 1977. That series was cancelled before the first episode had gone to air. He later starred in the 1980s series Chicago Story; he took the on-going role of Nick Kimball in night time soap opera Dynasty from 1986–1987, appeared in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd as Detective Nathaniel Hawthorne from 1989–1991, and was in the day time soap opera All My Children as Lucas Barnes from 1992-1994. Lawson has made many guest appearances on TV, including roles on Kojak, Get Christie Love!, Sister, Sister, Soul Food, The Bernie Mac Show, The Division and Strong Medicine.

Lawson has one child, actress Bianca Lawson.

In March 1992, he survived a plane crash in Queens, New York City, New York. According to the New York Times, Lawson is an "occasional Scientologist."

Source: Wikipedia

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Richard Lawson's Timeline

March 7, 1947
Loma Linda, CA, United States
March 20, 1979
Los Angeles