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John Laurie (I) (1897–1980)

John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I he left his position to join the British army. ... See full bio »

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 1979 The Prisoner of Zenda
 1976 Crime Casebook (Short)
George Winterman / Sellens
 1967 Mister Ten Per Cent
 1966 The Reptile
Mad Peter
 1964 Eagle Rock
Mr. McTavish (voice)
 1963 Ladies Who Do
Dr. MacGregor
 1961 Why Bother to Knock
Taxi driver
 1958 Murder Reported
Mac North, Editor
 1958 Next to No Time
Abercrombie, Scottish Director
 1957 Campbell's Kingdom
 1956 A Day of Grace (Short)
Uncle Henry (as John Lawrie)
 1954 Destination Milan
Walter McHarry
 1954 The Black Knight
 1954 Devil Girl from Mars
Mr. Jamieson
 1953 Love in Pawn
Mr. McCutcheon
 1953 The Fake
Henry Mason
 1953 Johnny on the Run
 1953 Strange Stories
Mr. Bartleby
 1953 The Great Game
'Mac' Wells
 1952 Tread Softly
Angus McDonald
 1952 Island of Desire
 1951 Encore
Andrews, Engineer (segment "Winter Cruise")
 1951 Laughter in Paradise
Gordon Webb
 1951 Happy Go Lovely
 1950 Madeleine
Scots Divine (uncredited)
 1949 Floodtide
Joe Drummond
 1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
Blind Jimmie
 1948 Hamlet
 1947 Mine Own Executioner
Dr. James Garsten
 1947 The Brothers
 1946 Secret Flight
Dr. McVitie
 1946 Showtime
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
First Auxiliary Sentinel
 1945 'I Know Where I'm Going!'
John Campbell
 1945 Great Day
Scottish officer in pub
 1945 Read All About It (Short)
John - Ex-Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
 1945 The Agitator
Tom Tetley
 1945 The World Owes Me a Living
 1944 The Gay Intruders
 1944 The Way Ahead
Pvt. Luke
 1944 Man of Evil
William Hopwood
 1944 Men of Rochdale (Short)
Mr. Ferguson
 1943 The Lamp Still Burns
Mr. Hervey
 1943 Adventure for Two
Wounded Sailor
 1943 The Gentle Sex
Scots Corporal
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
Harry Fyfe (uncredited)
 1941 Ships with Wings
Lt. Comdr. Reid
 1941 Suicide Squadron
British Commander
 1940 Three Cockeyed Sailors
 1940 Convoy
 1940 Laugh It Off
 1939 The Four Feathers
The Khalifa
 1939 Clouds Over Europe
Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
 1938 The Ware Case
Henson - the Gamekeeper
 1938 The Claydon Treasure Mystery
Wilson - the Valet (uncredited)
 1937 Born That Way
 1937 There Was a Young Man
 1937 Jericho
 1937 Troopship
Pvt. McAllister
 1937 The Windmill
Mons. Coutard
 1936 East Meets West
Dr. Fergusson
 1936 Her Last Affaire
 1936 Nine Days a Queen
John Knox (uncredited)
 1934 Strike!
Wages Accountant (uncredited)
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He acted in the Old Vic Theatre Tour productions of William Shakespeare's plays, "Merry Wives of Windsor," "Macbeth," "Twelfth Night," and "As You Like It" at the King's Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland with Wilfred Babbage, Reyner Barton, Horace Sequeira, Esme Church, and Adele Dixon in the cast. Andrew Leigh was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

John Lawrie


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on his military service in the First World War]: I was not killed, but I died many times.


He made six films with Laurence Olivier: As You Like It (1936), Clouds Over Europe (1939), Adventure for Two (1943), The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955). Olivier also directed the latter three films. See more »

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