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Overview (4)

Born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England, UK
Died in Southport, Queensland, Australia
Birth NameLawrence Johnson
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 final rank of Acting Battery Commander), Naismith returned to the stage and also made his film debut. His seafaring background came in handy in a number of film roles, including the steamboat captain in Mogambo (1953), Dr. Hawkins in Boy on a Dolphin (1957), the captain of the Titanic in A Night to Remember (1958), and the First Sea Lord in Sink the Bismarck! (1960). Naismith also made numerous television appearances, including the recurring roles of Judge Fulton on The Persuaders! (1971) and Father Harris on Oh, Father! (1973).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond

Spouse (1)

Christine Bocca (1939 - 19 March 1985) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (8)

Served in the Marines
Was a qualified Judo instructor
Had earned two Black Belts in Judo and Karate.
After retiring from acting, he moved to Australia where he opened a pub.
After retiring from acting, he opened a pub called the Rowbarge in a small west Berkshire village. Years later after the death of his loving wife he moved to Australia to live with his son.
The acting gene was passed along to his grandson Woody Naismith. Woody's an up and coming actor living in LA.
Grandfather to actor Woody Naismith.
He appeared in two films based on the works of John Wyndham: Village of the Damned (1960), which was an adaptation of his 1957 novel "The Midwich Cuckoos", and Quest for Love (1971), which was an adaptation of his 1961 short story "Random Quest".

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