Laurence Naismith (1908–1992)

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The British character actor Laurence Naismith was a Merchant Marine seaman before becoming an actor. He made his London stage debut in 1927 in the chorus of the musical "Oh, Boy." Three years later, he joined the Bristol Repertory and remained with them until the outbreak of World War II. After serving nine years in the Royal Artillery (with the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Diamonds Are Forever Sir Donald Munger
A Night to Remember Capt. Edward John Smith
Village of the Damned Doctor Willers


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 1982 I Remember Nelson (TV Series)
Rev. Edmund Nelson
- Love (1982) ... Rev. Edmund Nelson
 1981-1982 Barriers (TV Series)
Dr Ernest Jolland
- Episode #2.1 (1982) ... Dr Ernest Jolland
- Episode #1.13 (1981) ... Dr Ernest Jolland
- Episode #1.6 (1981) ... Dr Ernest Jolland
 1978 The BBC Television Shakespeare (TV Series)
Prince Escalus
- Romeo & Juliet (1978) ... Prince Escalus
 1978 Return of the Saint (TV Series)
General Platt
- The Poppy Chain (1978) ... General Platt
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini Series)
Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary
- Indian Summer of an Emperor (1974) ... Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary
- Dress Rehearsal (1974) ... Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary
- Requiem for a Crown Prince (1974) ... Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary
 1973 Oh, Father! (TV Series)
Father Harris
- Bid Time Return (1973) ... Father Harris
- The Old Adam (1973) ... Father Harris
- Just Impediment (1973) ... Father Harris
- Angels and Ministers (1973) ... Father Harris
- A Little Law (1973) ... Father Harris
 1972 The Protectors (TV Series)
Prof. Alexander Schelpin
- Balance of Terror (1972) ... Prof. Alexander Schelpin
 1972 The Amazing Mr. Blunden
Mr. Blunden
 1972 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mr Salisbury
- Trapped: Chez Madame Thompson (1972) ... Mr Salisbury
 1972 Young Winston
Lord Salisbury
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Judge Fulton
- Element of Risk (1971) ... Judge Fulton
- The Morning After (1971) ... Judge Fulton
- The Long Goodbye (1971) ... Judge Fulton
- That's Me Over There (1971) ... Judge Fulton
- Angie... Angie (1971) ... Judge Fulton
 1971 Diamonds Are Forever
Sir Donald Munger
 1971 Quest for Love
Sir Henry Larnstein
 1970 Scrooge
Mr. Fezziwig
 1969 The File on Devlin (TV Movie)
Lord Pomeroy
 1969 Run a Crooked Mile (TV Movie)
Lord Dunnsfield
 1969 The Bushbaby
Prof. 'Cranky' Crankshaw
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- Lady on the Rocks (1969) ... Reddington
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Don Q. Hought
- Another Windmill to Go (1969) ... Don Q. Hought
 1969 Eye of the Cat
Dr. Mills
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi
Professor Bromley
 1969 Love Story (TV Series)
 1968 Lancer (TV Series)
Garrison Collier
- Glory (1968) ... Garrison Collier
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
- The Silent Cry (1968) ... Anton
 1968 The Admirable Crichton (TV Movie)
Lord Loam
 1967 Fitzwilly
Mr. Cotty (uncredited)
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Cyrus Stone / Professor Curtis Lindstrom
- The Ransom (1967) ... Cyrus Stone
- The Experiment (1967) ... Professor Curtis Lindstrom
 1967 Camelot
 1967 The Long Duel
 1965-1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
John Mallory / Dr. Andrew Emmett McAllister / Major Fielding
- The Shattered Silence (1967) ... John Mallory
- Not with a Whimper (1966) ... Dr. Andrew Emmett McAllister
- Last Second of a Big Dream (1965) ... Major Fielding
 1967 The Scorpio Letters (TV Movie)
 1967 Deadlier Than the Male
Sir John Bledlow
 1966-1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Rason / Gordon Knight
- Blind Man's Bluff (1967) ... Inspector Rason
- The Fatal Mistake (1966) ... Gordon Knight
 1966 Gypsy Girl
Edwin Dacres
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
George Mason / John Adams
- George Mason (1965) ... George Mason
- John Quincy Adams (1965) ... John Adams
 1965 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Gilly Bright
- The Threat (1965) ... Gilly Bright
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mr. Collins
- The Thief (1964) ... Mr. Collins
 1963 The Three Lives of Thomasina
Reverend Angus Peddie
 1959-1963 The Third Man (TV Series)
Tim McCriach / Ostrow
- The Way of McEagle (1963) ... Tim McCriach
- The Tenth Symphony (1959) ... Ostrow
 1963 Cleopatra
Arachesilaus (uncredited)
 1962 We Joined the Navy
Admiral Blake
 1962 The 300 Spartans
First Delegate
 1962 I Thank a Fool
 1962 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Earl of Hertford
- The Prince and the Pauper: The Pauper King (1962) ... Earl of Hertford
 1962 The Prince and the Pauper
Earl of Hertford
 1962 The Valiant
 1961 Sir Francis Drake (TV Series)
Sir Miles Burns
- The Garrison (1961) ... Sir Miles Burns
 1961 The Singer Not the Song
Old Uncle
 1960 The World of Suzie Wong
 1960 The Concrete Jungle
Mr. Town
 1960 Danger Man (TV Series)
- The Blue Veil (1960) ... Spooner
 1960 Village of the Damned
Doctor Willers
 1960 The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Prince of Wales
 1960 The Angry Silence
 1960 Sink the Bismarck!
First Sea Lord - Sir Dudley Pound - Admiral of the Fleet
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain
Teo Zurbriggen
 1959 Solomon and Sheba
Hezrai (as Lawrence Naismith)
 1958 Tempest
Maj. Zurin
 1958 The Two-Headed Spy
Gen. Hauser
 1958 A Night to Remember
Capt. Edward John Smith
 1958 Gideon of Scotland Yard
Arthur Alexander Sayer
 1958 I Accuse!
Judge - Esterhazy Trial
 1958 The Naked Earth
Skin Trader
 1958 The Gypsy and the Gentleman
Dr. Forrester
 1957 Rendezvous (TV Series)
The Cardinal
- The Hanging of Alfred Wadham ... The Cardinal
 1957 Robbery Under Arms
Ben Marston
 1957 Boy on a Dolphin
Dr. Hawkins
 1957 Seven Days from Now
Captain Paul Darrow
 1957 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Dr. Chambers
 1956 Tiger in the Smoke
Canon Avril
 1956 The Weapon
 1956 Lust for Life
Dr. Bosman
 1956 The Extra Day
Kurt Vorn
 1956 Adventure Theater (TV Series)
Harcourt Garnett
- Thirty Days to Die (1956) ... Harcourt Garnett
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Sir William de Courcier
- The Miser (1956) ... Sir William de Courcier
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Adm. Cross
 1955 Richard III
The Lord Stanley
 1954-1955 The Vise (TV Series)
Bob Craig / Dr. Damon
- By Persons Unknown (1955) ... Bob Craig
- Dr. Damon's Experiment (1954) ... Dr. Damon
 1955 Josephine and Men
 1955 The Dam Busters
 1954 Court Martial
Major Panton
 1954 The Black Knight
Major Domo
 1954 Man with a Million
Walter Craddock (uncredited)
 1953 Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder
Harcourt Garnett
 1953 Love in Pawn
Uncle Amos
 1953 Mogambo
 1953 The Beggar's Opera
Matt of the Mint
 1953 Bad Blonde
Boxing Booth Barker (uncredited)
 1953 Shoot First
 1953 The Slasher
 1953 Terror on a Train
Ambulance Man (uncredited)
 1953 The Long Memory
 1952 A Killer Walks
Doctor James
 1952 Penny Princess
Louis the Jailkeeper (uncredited)
 1952 Vampire Over London
Police Sergeant at Desk (uncredited)
 1952 I Believe in You
Sergeant Braxton
 1952 Mr. Lord Says No
 1952 His Excellency
First Soldier
 1951 High Treason
Reginald Gordon-Wells
 1951 Chelsea Story
Sergeant Matthews
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Hardcastle, Card player (uncredited)
 1951 Hell Is Sold Out
Doctor Monceau
 1951 Wall of Death
 1951 Pool of London
Commissionaire (uncredited)
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur Lawton
- Dark Tribute (1950) ... Arthur Lawton
 1950 Room to Let
 1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life
Dr. Collet
 1949 Dark Secret
Mr. Grossmith (uncredited)
 1949 The Amazing Mr. Beecham
Reporter (uncredited)
 1949 Train of Events
Joe Hunt (segment "The Actor")
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets
Warder in Jail (uncredited)
 1949 Badger's Green
Mr. Butler
 1948 A Piece of Cake
Merlin Mound
 1948 Trouble in the Air
Tom Hunt
 1948 Crock of Gold (TV Movie)
Mr. Thomson
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Played the dual roles of Dr. Pangloss and Martin in the original London stage production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide". See more »

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Christine Bocca  (her death)  (1 child)


Woody Naismith (grandchild)

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