Laurence Naismith

Actor, Stage manager
Affable, gentlemanly British character actor of long stage experience who began making regular appearances in British and American films beginning in the late 1940s. Among his more than 50 credits are "The Happiest Days ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1908 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (51)

Romeo and Juliet 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Persuaders! 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Winston 1972 (Movie)

Lord Salisbury (Actor)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

Sir Donald Monger (Actor)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

Fezziwig (Actor)

The Bushbaby 1970 (Movie)

Professor "Cranky" Crankshaw (Actor)

Deadlier Than the Male 1967 (Movie)

Sir John Bledlow (Actor)

Fitzwilly 1967 (Movie)

Cotty (Actor)

The Long Duel 1967 (Movie)

McDougal (Actor)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

Merlyn (Actor)

Gypsy Girl 1965 (Movie)

Edwin Dacres (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Archesilius (Actor)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

Argus (Actor)

The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

Reverend Angus Peddie (Actor)

The Criminal 1962 (Movie)

Mr Town (Actor)

We Joined the Navy 1962 (Movie)

Admiral Blake (Actor)

I Thank a Fool 1961 (Movie)

O'Grady (Actor)

The 300 Spartans 1961 (Movie)

First Delegate (Actor)

Sink the Bismarck! 1960 (Movie)

First Sea Lord (Actor)

The World of Suzie Wong 1960 (Movie)

Mr O'Neill (Actor)

Village of the Damned 1960 (Movie)

Doctor Willers (Actor)

The Angry Silence 1959 (Movie)

Martindale (Actor)

The Trials of Oscar Wilde 1959 (Movie)

Prince of Wales (Actor)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

Teo Zurbriggen (Actor)

A Night to Remember 1958 (Movie)

Captain Edward J Smith (Actor)

Gideon's Day 1958 (Movie)

Arthur Sayer (Actor)

I Accuse 1958 (Movie)

Judge--Esterhazy Trial (Actor)

Solomon and Sheba 1958 (Movie)

Hezrai (Actor)

The Gypsy and the Gentleman 1958 (Movie)

Forrester (Actor)

The Tempest 1958 (Movie)

Major Zurin (Actor)

The Two-Headed Spy 1958 (Movie)

General Hauser (Actor)

Abandon Ship! 1957 (Movie)

Captain Darrow (Actor)

Boy on a Dolphin 1957 (Movie)

Dr Hawkins (Actor)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street 1957 (Movie)

Dr Chambers (Actor)

Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

Dr Bosman (Actor)

Robbery Under Arms 1956 (Movie)

Ben Marston (Actor)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

Admiral Cross (Actor)

Carrington V.C. 1955 (Movie)

Major Panton (Actor)

Richard III 1955 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

The Dam Busters 1955 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

The Black Knight 1954 (Movie)

Major Domo (Actor)

Mogambo 1953 (Movie)

Skipper (Actor)

Cosh Boy (Movie)

Inspector Donaldson (Actor)

I Believe in You (Movie)

Sgt. Braxton (Actor)

Penny Princess (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Run a Crooked Mile (TV Show)

Actor

The 300 Spartans (Movie)

First Delegate (Actor)

The Admirable Crichton (TV Show)

Actor

The Scorpio Letters (TV Show)

Actor

The Weapon (Movie)

Jamison (Actor)

We Are in the Navy Now (Movie)

Adm. Blake (Actor)

Biography

Affable, gentlemanly British character actor of long stage experience who began making regular appearances in British and American films beginning in the late 1940s. Among his more than 50 credits are "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (1950), "Mogambo" (1953), "Lust for Life" (1956), "The Singer Not the Song" (1960), "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" (1960), "Cleopatra" (1963) and "Deadlier Than the Male" (1967). In the 60s, Naismith concentrated on theater, doing "Here's Love" and "A Time for Singing" on Broadway, and "The Apple Cart" and the 1970 revival of "The Winslow Boy." He is probably best remembered by contemporary audiences for his whimsical Merlin in Joshua Logan's film of "Camelot" (1967) and for encouraging Roger Moore and Tony Curtis to accept dangerous assignments each week in the tongue-in-cheek TV adventure series "The Persuaders."

Relationships

Son
survived him

Milestones

1979

Played Prince Escalus on the PBS-TV presentation of "Romeo and Juliet" as part of its long-running "The Shakespeare Plays"

1970

Portrayed Judge Fulton on the TV adventure series "The Persuaders"

1960

Played on Broadway in "School for Scandal", directed by John Gielgud

1948

Acted first film role, in "Trouble in the Air"

1927

Made first stage appearance in the chorus of the London production of "Oh, Kay!"

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