14 December 1908
Thames Ditton, Surrey, England
|Died||5 June 1992
Southport, Queensland, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Vera Bocca (1939-1992; his death); 1 child|
Laurence Naismith (born Lawrence Johnson; 14 December 1908 – 5 June 1992) was an English actor.
Life and career
Naismith was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, in 1908. At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the British Army were he became an officer in the Royal Artillery. He appeared in films such as Carrington VC (1954), Richard III (1955), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He also starred in a children's ghost film The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972). He was memorable as Captain Edward Smith of the RMS Titanic in A Night to Remember (1958) and in the ABC action drama, The Fugitive, starring David Janssen.
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.
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). Naismith also co-starred in the musical film Scrooge (1970). 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, and played the non-singing role of Merlin in the 1967 film version of the musical Camelot. He appeared on Broadway in the Meredith Willson musical Here's Love in 1963, opposite Janis Paige.
In 1939 Naismith married Vera Bocca of Horden, County Durham. He died in Southport, Queensland, Australia at age 83 after a short illness. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
- Laurence Naismith at the Internet Movie Database
- ""George Mason" in Profiles in Courage, 2 May 1965". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 16, 2013.