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Actor Marc Lawrence dead at 95

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Actor Marc Lawrence, who portrayed a host of menacing gangsters over seven decades, has died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 95.

The Bronx native died at home Sunday of natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

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Some of the more memorable roles among Lawrence's 175 films included gang henchman Lefty Croger in 1935's "Dr. Socrates" and Edward G. Robinson's fellow mobster, Ziggy, in 1948's "Key Largo." He tossed Plenty O'Toole from a hotel window in the 1971 James Bond classic, "Diamonds are Forever."

More than 60 years after arriving in Hollywood, he was still playing the heavy and portrayed mob boss Carlo Gambino in HBO's 1996 drama, "Gotti."

Lawrence was one of many Hollywood actors blacklisted as Communists during the 1950s, the Times noted. Lawrence later said he felt guilty for years after he gave names during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Lawrence's wife of 53 years, writer Fanya Foss, died in 1995. He is survived by his second wife, Alicia, a daughter and son and a stepdaughter.

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