O'Donnell, Lawrence

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O'Donnell, Lawrence Gender: M
Lawrence Francis O'Donnell
born on 7 November 1951 at 04:55 (= 04:55 AM )
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 14°11' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°36 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 26°03'

Lawrence O'Donnell
photo: Bbsrock, license gfdl


American political journalist turned screenwriter and producer, Lawrence O’Donnell has written and produced many episodes of the hit series, "West Wing" and, in 2003, launched another political series, "Mr. Sterling," for which he is writer and executive producer.

The youngest boy in a family of four brothers and a sister who grew up in Dorchester, he is a self-described street kid, a renegade, who shaved his head in the 60s and 70s. Still, he says, he refused to smoke, drink, or do drugs.

The first in his family to go to Harvard, he graduated in 1976 and sublet a New York apartment from Senator Patrick Moynihan. He subsequently became Moynihan’s campaign communications director in a senatorial race that Moynihan won with 68 percent of the vote. Moynihan offered O’Donnell a job as senior advisor, but O’Donnell, saying he wanted no part of a white-collar job or of a political career, couldn’t refuse the opportunity to work with the cerebral and colorful senator, and moved to Washington where he was promoted to chief of staff of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

When, in 1993, Moynihan landed a seat on the prestigious Senate Committee on Finance, O’Donnell was the senator’s chief of staff. But he was a controversial figure, an outsider, who was called an "irreverent, foul-mouthed, Harley-riding street rat." O’Donnell turned his knowledge of Washington to journalism and worked as a free-lance political writer and TV talking head.

O’Donnell’s father is a police officer who became a trial lawyer and all his siblings are lawyers as well. Lawrence chronicled his lawyer-family’s investigation of the 1975 murder of an African-American man who was gunned down mistakenly by a pair of Irish-American police officers. The resulting book, "Deadly Force" was turned into a 1986 TV movie.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1986 ("Deadly Force," his account of real-life crime, turned into a TV movie)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1993 (became chief of staff to Senator Patrick Moynihan)

Source Notes

Pat Taglilatelo quotes birth certificate noting that Wikipedia gives 1955 as birth year but that birth certificate is quite clearly marked "1951."


  • Family : Childhood : Family large (youngest of five children; only one who is not a lawyer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Other Entertainment (screenwriter and producer for TV series)
  • Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (screenwriter)