No, Tierney (1919-2002) was a tough guy from Brooklyn, Noo Yawk, who gave up an athletic scholarship to college to work in construction. A big, good looking dude, he modeled for the Sears catalog for a while before drifting into acting. When people needed a large, menacing man, he was the go-to guy for movies with titles like "The Devil Thumbs a Ride" and "Born To Kill."
The pity is, he could have been more consistent in his acting career had he not spent so much time appearing in real-life courtroom dramas. He was arrested countless times over the years on various charges, usually involving misbehavior while drunk (he did 90 days in jail for breaking a college student's jaw in a barroom fracas, he assaulted two cops outside a bar, he was knifed in a bar fight in 1973...) and he said this one time while attempting to get on the wagon: "I threw away about seven careers through drink."
It also would appear that, like fellow B-movie legend George Raft, he started taking his roles so seriously that he seemed to go through life acting as if every day was another movie. If you remember the original version of "Arthur" (the good one, with Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli), old Lawrence played the bit part of a cranky customer in the diner demanding his roll ("Where's my roll?")
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Nobody ever thinks it's funny to be threatened with a knife assault, so that was it for him on that series. And his career history shows just five more bit parts in movies after that last big chance. Sometimes, it's easy to get carried away playing a character.
And that goes for more than just actors.