Friday, August 20, 2004

RIP Lawrence Parke

A dear man and friend to every member of the entertainment industry, has passed away today. Lawrence (Larry) Parke, founder of Acting World books, former Casting Director, Actor, Teacher, Agent and Mentor will be sorely missed by those whose lives he so generously touched. In a town where good and honest helpful people are so hard to find, Larry was a true diamond in the rough. He gave so much of himself to so many and asked of so little. Larry's career spanned many decades. From acting in film, television and Broadway to publishing many books and career building actors' guide's. Mr. Parke has received Mayoral Commendations from Mayors Sam Yorty (1973) and Tom Bradley (1975) for his work with the Los Angeles Arts Community and twice received the Vernon Rice Award from the New York Post, one in 1947 and the other in 1949. Mr. Parke has founded and served many organizations here in the U.S. and abroad. He is loved and respected by all who have known him.

As my friend Bob Brody said, it is "Hard to think the acting community can have a better friend."

I am proud to able to say that I knew him and considered him my friend. He touched my life as he has so many others. Always there to help you (he had just agreed to sit on our board of directors) always there with a story to tell (and he had many!) Lawrence Parke was truly a gem. May he rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to his family.

For more information about Lawrence Parke, please visit his site at:


Blogger Envoy-ette said...

Debra...I'm sorry for your loss.

8/23/2004 4:03 PM  

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