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Laurence Harvey (I) (1928–1973)

Laurence Harvey was a British movie star who helped usher in the 1960s with his indelible portrait of a ruthless social climber, and became one of the decade's cultural icons for his appearances in socially themed motion pictures. Harvey was born Zvi Mosheh Skikne on October 1, 1928 in Joniskis, Lithuania, to Ella (Zotnickaita) and Ber Skikne. His ... See full bio »


(age 45) in London, England, UK

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 1974 Yellow-Headed Summer
Jason Henry
 1974 Welcome to Arrow Beach
Jason Henry
 1973 Night Watch
John Wheeler
 1972 Escape to the Sun
Major Kirsanov
 1970 Tchaikovsky
 1970 WUSA
 1969 He and She
 1969 Appointment in Beirut
Jeff Miller
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Russian Prince (uncredited)
 1963 The Ceremony
Sean McKenna
 1963 The Running Man
Rex Black
 1962 A Girl Named Tamiko
Ivan Kalin
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm / The Cobbler ('The Cobbler and the Elves')
 1961 Two Loves
Paul Lathrope
 1957 The Truth About Women
Sir Humphrey Tavistock
 1957 After the Ball
Walter de Frece
 1955 Storm Over the Nile
John Durrance
 1954 King Richard and the Crusaders
Sir Kenneth of Huntington
 1953 Knights of the Round Table
Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1953 Innocents in Paris
François (uncredited)
 1952 Twilight Women
Jerry Nolan
 1952 A Killer Walks
Ned Harsten
 1952 I Believe in You
Jordie Bennett
 1951 Wall of Death
 1951 Scarlet Thread
 1950 Seven Days to Noon
Soldier (uncredited)
 1950 The Black Rose
 1950 The Dancing Years
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1950 Cairo Road
Lt. Mourad
 1949 Landfall
PO Hooper
 1949 Temptations
John Matthews
 1948 House of Darkness
Francis Merryman (as Lawrence Harvey)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale", at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England, with Jane Asher, Diana Churchill, Jim Dale MBE, Esmond Knight, Moira Redmond and Tom Baker in the cast. Frank Dunlop was the director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lawrence Harvey | Hirsch Skikne


6' (1.83 m)

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We English have sex on the brain. Not the best place for it, actually. See more »


Was friends with Sidney James until they worked on The Silent Enemy (1958), together. According to the book "A Biography Of Sid James", James was offered the role of "Chief Petty Officer Thorpe" on the recommendation of Harvey, but their friendship ended during the filming. He found Harvey to be "pompous and full of his own importance". See more »


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