Born 1923 in London, English actor Peter Lawford made his Hollywood debut in a minor part in the film Lord Jeff starring Freddie Bartholomew.
Lawford’s first leading role came in Son of Lassie (1945), a big hit. He won a Modern Screen magazine readers’ poll as the most popular actor in Hollywood of 1946. He was top billed in some lower budgeted films: You for Me (1953), a comedy, The Hour of 13 (1953), a thriller and Rogue’s March (1953), a war film.
Lawford was a member of the “Rat Pack” and the brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy. In later years, he was noted more for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting; it was said that he was “famous for being famous”.
Lawford died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984, aged 61, from cardiac arrest. For his contribution to the television industry, Peter Lawford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6920 Hollywood Blvd.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of a young and handsome Peter Lawford in the 1940s and 1950s.