(written from a Production point of view)
Early life and roles
Ferguson was born in New York City but had moved to Chicago, Illinois by the mid 1950s. After graduating from high school and attending college, he broke into show business with a guest role on the popular television series Starsky & Hutch in 1979. That same year, he landed his first film role in The Onion Field which also starred Ronny Cox.
Career in the 1980s
The majority of Ferguson's on-screen and television career took place in the 1980s. Among his roles are guest appearances on the popular television shows The A-Team (which starred Dwight Schultz) and Hill Street Blues (which starred James B. Sikking). He also starred in the cult classic 1987 film Prince of Darkness alongside actress Lisa Blount.
He also appeared in the 1984 movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (starring Peter Weller, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Ito, Clancy Brown, Vincent Schiavelli, Raye Birk, Jonathan Banks, and Kevin Sullivan).
Final roles and death
In 1990, Ferguson held a role as "Eddie Black" in the opening scenes of the film Darkman which prominently starred Larry Drake as well as veteran film and Star Wars actor Liam Neeson. However, Ferguson's most well known role occurred at the relative end of his career when he played a dirty cop in the film Boyz N the Hood. Ferguson became internationally known for this portrayal, whose character abuses actor Cuba Gooding Jr. by asking him if he "thinks he's tough" before threatening to kill him. The film also co-starred actor Morris Chestnut.
Lawrence passed away on 26 April 2019 of apparent natural causes at the age of 77.