Christopher Lawford, JFK's nephew and actor who starred in 'Terminator 3' and various TV shows, dies

Christopher Lawford had made a long career as an actor making appearances on 'All My Children,' 'General Hospital,' 'Terminator 3,' 'Fraiser' among others


                            Christopher Lawford, JFK's nephew and actor who starred in 'Terminator 3' and various TV shows, dies

The nephew of former US President John F Kennedy, who starred in blockbuster Terminator 3, passed away at the age of 63.

Christopher Lawford, son of former "Rat Pack" member Peter Lawford and JFK's sister Patricia Kennedy, passed away on Tuesday when he was at a yoga studio and suddenly had a medical emergency. 

Chris Lawford arrives at the Capitol File hosted White House Correspondents' Association Dinner after party at the Columbian Ambassador's residence on April 21, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)
Chris Lawford arrives at the Capitol File hosted White House Correspondents' Association Dinner after party at the Columbian Ambassador's residence on April 21, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)

Lawford had made a long career as an actor making appearances on 'All My Children,' 'General Hospital,' 'Terminator 3,' 'Fraiser' as well as a number of other television shows.  During JFK's presidency, Christopher Lawford would often be found hanging around with the President's family, and would later work for another uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy. He also was an author and an active member of the Democratic National Committee, where he worked as a staff member in the office of Senator Ted Kennedy.



 

The actor also fought a very public battle with addiction and frequently spoke about his experiences in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He addressed this in his 2005 memoir, 'Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption'.

Pictures taken during Lawford's childhood show him with the US President and cousins at the Kennedy compound. When JFK was shot dead in Dallas in 1963, Lawford was only just eight years old.

Five years later, another uncle, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Los Angeles, shortly after winning the California presidential primary. His murderer, Sirhan Sirhan, pleaded guilty to the murder and was jailed for life.