Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Laurence Naismith

Lawrence Johnson was born on December 14, 1908 in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England. The somewhat mournful-looking character actor was usually cast in benign roles. He was a merchant seaman before making his theater debut in 1927, the touring with companies, making his West End debut after World War II service in the Royal Artillery [1939-1946]. He appeared in over 70 films before appearing in many TV series and films.
Among those 70+ films were two Euro-westerns: “The Singer Not the Song” (1961) as the old uncle and "The Valley of Gwangi" (1968) as Professor Horace Bromley.
Laurence was married to actress Christine Bocca from 1939 until his death in Southport, Queensland, Australia on June 5, 1992. He is the grandfather of actor Woody Naismith.
Today we remember Laurence Naismith on what would have been his 105th birthday.