Laurence Naismith

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Laurence Naismith
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Born Lawrence Johnson
(1908-12-14)14 December 1908
Thames Ditton, Surrey, England
Died 5 June 1992(1992-06-05) (aged 83)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
Years active 1948–1982

Laurence Naismith (born Lawrence Johnson; 14 December 1908 – 5 June 1992) was an English actor. He made numerous film and television appearances, including starring roles in the musical films Scrooge (1970) and the children's ghost film The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972). He also had a memorable role as Captain Edward Smith of the RMS Titanic in A Night to Remember (1958).

Early life and career

Naismith was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, in 1908. He attended All Saints Choir School in London and was a chorus member for a 1927 production of the George Gershwin musical Oh, Kay!. He then worked in repertory theatre and ran a repertory company of his own.[1] At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the British Army where he became an officer in the Royal Artillery.


His film roles included Carrington VC (1954), Richard III (1955), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Jason and the Argonauts (1963). He played the non-singing role of Merlin in the 1967 film version of the musical Camelot[2] and appeared in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as the chairman of the diamond trading syndicate.


In 1965, Naismith played the title role of the Virginia statesman George Mason in the NBC documentary series, Profiles in Courage. William Bakewell played George Wythe in the episode, and Arthur Franz was cast as James Madison.[3] In 1965, Naismith guest-starred as barber Gilly Bright in episode 25, "The Threat" of the ABC military drama, 12 O-Clock High (TV series) and in the ABC action drama, The Fugitive, starring David Janssen.[2]He played Judge Fulton in the television series The Persuaders! (1971), with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. He portrayed Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph in the BBC production Fall of Eagles (1974). Naismith played the Prince of Verona in the BBC Television Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet.


He appeared on Broadway in the Meredith Willson musical Here's Love in 1963, opposite Janis Paige.

Selected filmography


  1. Laurence Naismith at Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Laurence Naismith at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ""George Mason" in Profiles in Courage, 2 May 1965". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 16, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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