Gerard Kenneth (Scott Brady) Tierney (Third Cousin)
Father21 Aug 1891Lawrence Hugh Tierney
Mother24 Sep 1895Mary Alice Crowley (Second Cousin Once Removed)
Birth13 Sep 1924Brooklyn, New York, USA
Census1 Jun 19251663 Woodbine Street, Ridewood, Queens County, New York, USA
Census4 Apr 19302517 60th Place, Evergreen Township, Queens County, New York, USA
Death16 Apr 1985Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
BurialAfter 16 Apr 1985Holy Cross Cemetery (Mausoleum, B7, B156), Culver City, California, USA
He was my third cousin, though we never met. This is from his obituary.

Actor Scott Brady, 60, a rugged leading man in the 1950s in Westerns and film comedies like "Operation Bikini" died Tuesday of respiratory failure, a hospital spokeswoman said.

His most recent film credits were "China Syndrome" and "Gremlins", in which he played a befuddled policeman done in by the little creatures.

The tough looking Irishman starred in dozens of Westerns, including "Maverick Queen" and "The Law vs. Billy the Kid". Brady also had the title role in the TV series "Shotgun Slade", which aired from 1959 to 1961.

He is survived by his wife Lisa, their two sons, and his brother, actor Lawrence Tierney.

Mary Lizabeth Tirony (female)
Birth12 Aug 1929Detroit, Michigan, USA
Death29 Aug 1993Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA

Family of Gerard Kenneth (Scott Brady) Tierney & Mary Lizabeth Tirony
Marriage25 Dec 1967Unknown
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Lawrence J. Tierney (Third Cousin)
Father21 Aug 1891Lawrence Hugh Tierney
Mother24 Sep 1895Mary Alice Crowley (Second Cousin Once Removed)
Birth15 Mar 1919Brooklyn, New York, USA
Census21 Jan 19209151 115th Street, Richmond Hill, Queens County, New York, USA
Census1 Jun 19251663 Woodbine Street, Ridewood, Queens County, New York, USA
Census4 Apr 19302517 60th Place, Evergreen Township, Queens County, New York, USA
Death26 Feb 2002Los Angeles, CA
Biography from Baseline's Encyclopedia of Film
Occupation: Actor; Education: Manhattan College, New York, NY

Strong-featured veteran character actor with a gravelly voice whose career has spanned fifty years in films, TV and theater, beginning with THE GHOST SHIP (1943). Tierney broke into B-movie leads with his imposing performance in the title role of DILLINGER (1945) and played other psychotic gangster types in the cult classics BORN TO KILL and THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE (both 1947). Although he acted in prominent supporting roles in occasional A-budget films including Cecil B. De Mille's THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952), most of his activity was confined to smaller-scale crime dramas and Westerns. One of his last feature leads was in the lurid but enjoyable FEMALE JUNGLE (1956), in which, as a tough cop, Tierney tussled with an up-and-coming Jayne Mansfield.

Usually cast as a heavy, Tierney has appeared in more than 80 films, and has enjoyed a career renaissance since the mid-1980s with roles for directors including John Huston (PRIZZI'S HONOR, 1985), John Sayles (CITY OF HOPE, 1991) and Quentin Tarantino (RESERVOIR DOGS, 1992). Tierney's extensive TV credits include guest spots in over 100 series, ranging from "Hunter" to "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Seinfeld." In 1991 he fittingly acted in the TV movie DILLINGER but this time appeared as a sheriff. Tierney was also Casper Buttafuoco, Joey's father, in one of the three TV movies made about the Amy Fisher case, CASUALTIES OF LOVE: THE "LONG ISLAND LOLITA" STORY (1993). Brother of actor Scott Brady, whom not surprisingly, he very closely resembles.

The following obituary was written by his nephew Michael Tierney, and sent to me by Michael's cousin Tim Tierney, another of his nephews:

ACTOR, TOUGH GUY, LAWRENCE TIERNEY, DIES AT 82

Lawrence Tierney, the notorious tough guy actor who played in over seventy films since 1943 has died. After several strokes over the past seven years and recent bouts of pneumonia, Tierney died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 26th at 3:15 a.m. during a brief stay at a nursing home in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Lawrence was older brother to actor Scott Brady (Johnny Guitar, China Syndrome) who died in 1985 and Contractor Edward Tierney who died in 1983.

Born March 15th, 1919 at 6:15 p.m. EST in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tierney was the first-born son of Lawrence Hugh Tierney and Mary Alice Crowley. He attended Boys High School where he was a star on the high school track team, excelling in distance and relay races. Upon graduation Tierney was awarded an athletic scholarship and attended Manhattan College for two years, leaving there to take a job on the New York Aqueduct as a sand hog hen his father became Chief of Police of the Aqueduct Guards. After this, he traveled the states briefly and worked odd jobs mostly in construction before landing catalogue work as a model.

About this time, Tierney was encouraged to act by an acting coach who ran the New Rochelle Players in New York. After several months of training he joined the theater group the Black Friars. From there he went to the American-Irish Theater where he was signed by RKO Studios in July 1943 and moved to Hollywood.

His start in motion pictures was slow at first, but after supporting roles in The Ghost Ship (1943) and The Falcon Out West (1944) he achieved sudden stardom as the vicious gangster, John Dillinger in Monogram Pictures' Dillinger (1945), while on loan to independent producers Maurice and Frank King. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, RKO took pains to keep him playing two-fisted characters-on both sides of the law, the titles of which speak volumes about the roles he played. His starring roles included San Quentin, Step by Step (both 1946), The Devil Thumbs a Ride, Born to Kill (both 1947), Bodyguard (1948), Kill or Be Killed (1950), The Hoodlum (1951) with brother Edward and Cecil B. Demille's The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) playing the villain, Mr. Henderson, who causes the circus train to wreck. Off screen, Lawrence became notorious for his scrapes with the law, frequently being arrested for drunken brawls at bars and Hollywood parties attended by such Hollywood luminaries as Errol Flynn, John Barrymore, Elizabeth Taylor and Anthony Quinn. His arrests made headlines in Los Angeles papers and eventually damaged his career considerably. After several years of continued misbehavior Tierney went from being a movie star and leading man in the 1940's to having only a few small parts in films by the early 1960's.

After acting in John Cassavettes' A Child is Waiting in 1963 Tierney moved to France and acted only occasionally for the next twenty years. During this time he performed in such films as Custer of the West (1967) with Robert Shaw, Otto Preminger's Such Good Friends (1971), Andy Warhol's Bad (1977), Cassavettes' Gloria (1980), and Arthur (1981). During most of these years Tierney lived in New York, after his stay in Europe, where his scrapes with the law continued on and off. In 1973 he was stabbed during a brawl outside a New York bar. Known as a tough guy around New York's Hell's Kitchen, Tierney drank and fought with ex-cons, cops and hoods, including members of the notorious Irish gangsters known as The Westies. He worked jobs as a bartender, steel worker, crane operator and construction worker when on better behavior.

Those who knew Larry personally remember a soft side and a kind-hearted, generous man who begrudged his reputation as a bad guy. In the late 70's and early 80's Tierney mellowed considerably, taking up the reins to become a Handsome Cab Driver in New York's Central Park--telling stories to tourists and lovers as he steered the Cab's horses through the park.

By December, 1983, when his brother Edward Tierney died, Tierney was playing more parts again as an actor, this time in television and commercials mostly. Upon his return to Hollywood to attend his brother's funeral Lawrence rekindled his acting career considerably, guest starring on such television shows as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Remington Steele, Fame, and Hunter, with a recurring role on Hill St. Blues, speaking the last line of the long running series. His film work at this time included work with John Huston in Prizzi's Honor, Stephen King's Silver Bullet, the comedy Naked Gun and Norman Mailer's Tough Guys Don't Dance--a role which gave Tierney considerable acclaim as the fatefully loyal, hard drinking father of Ryan O'Neal. This renaissance peaked in 1991, at age 72, with his role as Joe Cabot, the ringleader in Quentin Tarantino's debut film Reservoir Dogs (1991). With the success of Reservoir Dogs Tierney worked considerably more in Television, acting on such shows as Seinfeld, L.A. Law, Casualties of Love (The Amy Fischer Story), and in films such as City of Hope, Junior and 2 Days in the Valley among others. His last role was that of Bruce Willis' father Hollis Vernon "Grap" Stamper in Armageddon (1998), a scene that appears in the director's cut of the film.

In 1995, Lawrence had his first stroke and nearly died. After considerable rehabilitation, he continued to work while being cared for by his nephew and protégé, filmmaker Michael Tierney. Michael managed to juggle Larry's career and business affairs, along with his increasing health needs, while keeping Larry busy in roles on the television show ER and voiceover work on the animated series The Simpsons along with work in cartoons and the films Southie, and Evicted.

More recently, Artisan pictures have released an action figure of Tierney in his role as Joe Cabot in Reservoir Dogs as part of continued marketing of the film. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth, and several nephews. A memorial was held on March 15th, Larry's 83rd birthday, in Los Angeles for family and friends.

Living (female)
Father1904Read Winterburn
Mother1910Dorothy Marie Millen
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