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ACTOR
Lawrence Pressman
Name David M. Pressman, Sr.
Birth Date July 10, 1939
Birth Place Cynthiana, KY
Family Lanna Saunders (wife; deceased)
David Pressman, Jr. (son)
Nicholas Saunders (father-in-law; deceased)
Gedda Petry (mother-in-law)
Theodore Saunders (brother-in-law)
Nicholas Soussanin (grandfather-in-law; deceased)
Olga Baclanova (grandmother-in-law; deceased)
Paul Weitz (godson)
Years Active 1956-present

David M. Pressman, Sr. (better known as Lawrence Pressman) is an American actor, who is best known for his roles on Doogie Howser, M.D., Ladies Man, Profiler, Mulligan's Stew, and the film The Hellstrom Chronicle.

BiographyEdit

Pressman was born as David M. Pressman in Cynthiana, Kentucky, on July 10, 1939. He began training in classical roles at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, and also at the training program at Lincoln Center. While studying, he met his future wife Lanna Saunders, the daughter of actor Nicholas Saunders and granddaughter of Russian actor Nicholas Soussanin. Eventually starting an acting career, Pressman's first role was on the soap opera The Edge of Night, and one of his first starring roles in movies was in Shaft.

He has often portrayed a doctor, such as in Mighty Joe Young and made-for-TV movies A Fighting Choice, Whose Daughter Is She?, Murder Without Conviction, and Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story; as well as in guest-star 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, Diagnosis Murder, Law & Order, Matlock, Ghost Whisper, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Murder, She Wrote.

In 1979, Pressman portrayed H.R. Haldeman in the CBS-produced miniseries Blind Ambition. He also had a guest-starring role on M*A*S*H as trouble-making Congressional aide, R. Theodore Williamson, who vindictively schemed to paint Margaret Houlihan as a communist sympathizer, but eventually failed. Pressman also guest-starred on Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In his personal life, he lost Lanna Saunders to multiple sclerosis and had one son with her, also named David.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Pressman portrayed terminally-ill Judge Boyd Schuller, who was the employer of hitman Tony Mecacci, in the Season Five episode Reckoner.

FilmographyEdit

For a full filmography, see here.

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