Lawrence Pressman

Lawrence Pressman

Jul. 10th, 1939
Born in
Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA

Lawrence Pressman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV Show
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Doogie Howser, M.D. TV Show
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Mulligan's Stew TV Show
Mulligan's Stew
Paper Moon TV Show
Paper Moon
Ladies' Man (1980) TV Show
Ladies' Man (1980)
United States TV Show
United States

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Lawrence Pressman is probably best known for roles on Doogie Howser, M.D., Ladies Man, a recurring role on Profiler, the titular character on Mulligan's Stew and as a fictional scientist in the 1971 film The Hellstrom Chronicle.

His first role was on the soap opera The Edge of Night, and one of his first movie starring roles was in Shaft.

Pressman has often portrayed a doctor, such as in Mighty Joe Young, TV movies A Fighting Choice, Whose Daughter Is She?, Murder Without Conviction, Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story, as well as in guest roles on Hawaii Five-O, Paper Moon, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Griff, Dawson's Creek, The Drew Carey Show, Providence, The Practice, Dangerous Minds, Law & Order, Matlock "Ghost Whisper" and Marcus Welby, M.D.

He had a guest role on M*A*S*H as troublemaking Congressional aide, R. Theodore Williamson; who vindictively schemed to paint Margaret Houlihan as a communist sympathizer, but eventually failed.

Pressman has also played various guest characters in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Pressman was married to Days of our Lives actress Lanna Saunders from 1973 until her death in 2007. They had one son, actor David Pressman.

Pressman currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Met his wife, Lanna Saunders, while studying with Elia Kazan.
  • Godfather to Director/Writer/Producer 'Paul Weitz' (qv).
  • A founding member of the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, he has appeared in many of its (double-cast) productions, including "The Birthday Party," "Dangerous Corners," "Mad Forest," "The Seagull," "The Tavern" and "Betrayal."
  • Co-starred in "The Man in the Glass Booth" directed by 'Harold Pinter' (qv), and went on to reprise his role in the film version starring 'Maximilian Schell' (qv).
  • Father of actor 'David Pressman (I)' (qv).
  • Trained in classical roles at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Connecticut and at Lincoln Center's Training Program.

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