LAWRENCE WHITENER
SAG/Aftra ACTOR ID 11283840

ACTOR, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER
Stuntman. Unfortunately, my father died soon after high school and I had to stay at home to help. I became a Teacher and High School Wrestling Coach and, well, Life can go by pretty quick when you’re busy. ‘Uncle Joe’ died in 1998 which motivated me to go-for-it and two years later I was in my first film, "Gods & Generals." I've now been in 60 productions and been allowed to honor his memory by playing the 1940 Sheriff. "Fred The Bailiff" in "Wish you Well." I like to think “Uncle Joe” is smiling down on me saying, “You’d better NOT get inna heapa trouble, Boy!”
  • Four Stunt Falls in four films and Stunt Coordinator in "Delanie" with own complete set of pads, braces and helmets.





  • Certified: NASDS SCUBA; Pilot (single engine, glider, hang glider); Skydiver; Rock Climbing; Fencing; Archery; Horseback (Western); ASA Umpire w/ complete gear and First Aid/CPR. 

  • Wrestling Coach, Referee and State Commissioner for forty years. Four Martial Arts Belts in four different styles and Martial Arts Weapons. Trained in small arms and automatic weapons (2009 Class President of Fairfax County Citizens Police Academy).
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Training
Inspiration
Character Actor Joe Higgins is the reason I got into Show Business. Known to me when I was growing up as "Uncle Joe," he was my father's best friend and stayed with us when he was in Washington, D.C. I found him to be one of the most jovial and caring men of my childhood. We talked about "things" I never could with my real father. I always got excited when he would call about what new TV show he would be appearing on. In 1958, he was the original Blacksmith, “Nils,” in "The Riflemen" Series and teamed up again with Chuck Conners in the 60’s as "Jake Shakespeare" in 24 Episodes of the original-concept for "Law & Order" called, "Arrest and Trial." He is the voice in the alley when "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" jump out of their boarding house window. He didn't tell his daughter before taking her to see its opening in 1969, but she recognized his voice when she heard, "Hold it right there, Sundance," just before he takes a Stunt Fall as Robert Redford drops down on him. 
In 1970, he became a nationwide celebrity as “The Dodge Sheriff” who stopped Chrysler’s muscle-car owners with his tag-line, "You inna heapa trouble, Boy!" Patterned after Rod Steiger’s "In The Heat Of The Night" Sheriff, I vividly remember him telling me how he got the Part. He was on his way to its Audition, when he remembered he had a pair of yellow sunglasses in his glove compartment and put them on.  Of course I bought a pair in 1970 and still use them for Characters.

We would talk about me riding my motorcycle out to L.A. and becoming a 

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  • SAG Precision Driver used in “House Of Cards” and “Captain America 2” with current Bus/Truck CDL and Motorcycle Class C ('Biker Gang' Director's Choice in "Cymbeline").
  • "Screenwriting" with Yale Prof. Marc Lapadula ongoing for 4 years.
  • "Character Development" with Aaron Jackson ongoing for 4 years.
  • "Acting is a State of Mind" with John Pallotta ongoing for 3 years.
  • "Techniques of Acting" with Tom Todoroff ongoing for 3 years.
  • "CAP Acting Classes" through SAG/AFTRA ongoing for 2 years.
  • "Acting without Fear" with Ken Schatz ongoing for 1 year.
  • ​"Background Acting" with Gale Nemec at Video Workshop.
  • "Monologue Speech" with Nicholas Allen in Private Tutoring.
  • "Auditions & Monologues" with Joshua McCarthy in 2 sessions.
  • "Business Management" with Jenn Lederer in 2 Seminars.
  • "Business of Acting" with Sean Pratt in 2 Classes.
  • "The New Hollywood" Lecture by Ed Saxon in Philadelphia.
  • "Actors Workshop" with C. Stewart, M. McKinnon & B.J. Gianni.
  • "Cold Readings" with Lee Kelley Seminar.
  • "Theater Acting" Student at The Nat. Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.