John Laurie

John Laurie

Highest Rated: 100% Henry V (1945)

Lowest Rated: 20% Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Birthday: Mar 25, 1897

Birthplace: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

A Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of James Frazer on the very popular series "Dad's Army," John Laurie was previously a Shakespearian actor of much renown. A veteran of World War I, Laurie began acting at London's famed Old Vic Theatre in the 1920s, earning acclaim for his work in "Hamlet," "Richard III," and "Macbeth," as well as many others. His film career began with a role in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Shame of Mary Boyle (aka "Juno and the Paycock") in 1930, and he received a boost when Hitchcock cast him in the classic thriller "The 39 Steps." He had one of his few starring roles in Michael Powell's historical drama "The Edge of the World" in 1937 and was part of the Powell/Pressburger collaboration "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp." Laurie also got a chance to perform in film versions of the Shakespeare plays he knew so well, most notably a part in friend Laurence Olivier's postmodern version of "Henry V" in 1944. After numerous film roles Laurie began appearing on TV in both the U.K. and the United States in the '50s and '60s and had recurring roles on the drama "The Citadel" and on "Tales of Mystery." He was destined however, to be known for his portrayal of eternal pessimist Private James Frazer on the World War II-themed sitcom "Dad's Army," an enormously successful show that ran for nine seasons.

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Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pure S ... John (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1976
71% 39% The Reptile Mad Peter (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Siege of the Saxons Merlin (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 52% Kidnapped Ebenezer Balfour (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Next to No Time Abercrombie (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Reported Mac North (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Little Island Capt. MacKechnie (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 25% Campbell's Kingdom Mac (Character) - 1958
84% 79% Richard III Lovel (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 23% Devil Girl From Mars Mr. Jamieson (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Game "Mac" Wells (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tread Softly Angus McDonald (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of Desire Grimshaw (Character) - 1952
66% 76% Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Angus (Character) - 1951
20% 57% Laughter in Paradise Gordon Webb (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 80% Happy Go Lovely Jonskill (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Trace Insp. MacDougall (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Floodtide Joe Drummond (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonnie Prince Charlie Blind Jimmie (Character) - 1948
95% 80% Hamlet Francisco (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mine Own Executioner Dr. James Garsten (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet School for Secrets Dr. McVitie (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Flight Dr. McVitie (Character) - 1946
100% 75% Henry V Jamy (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agitator Tom Tetley (Character) - 1945
100% 72% The Way Ahead Pvt. Luke (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lamp Still Burns Mr. Hervey (Character) - 1943
97% 91% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Murdoch (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Demi-Paradise Wounded Sailor (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ghost of St. Michael's Jamie (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sailors Three McNab (Character) - 1940
100% 85% The Four Feathers The Khalifa (Character) - 1939
100% 79% The Edge of the World Peter Manson (Character) - 1937
96% 86% The 39 Steps Crofter (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirty-Nine Steps Crofter (Character) - 1935
27% 10% Juno and the Paycock Johnny Boyle (Character) - 1930

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dad's Army Private James Frazer (Character) 1968-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1967 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steptoe and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Sampson Brass (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colonel March of Scotland Yard Dr. Brandeis (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Walter McHarry (Character) 1953

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