Laurence Harvey

Laurence Harvey

Highest Rated: 100% Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles) (1995)

Lowest Rated: 20% Life at the Top (1965)

Birthday: Oct 1, 1927

Birthplace: Joniškis, Lithuania

Born Lauruska Skikne in Lithuania, actor Laurence Harvey was a popular leading man during the 1950s. As a child he emigrated to South Africa with his parents to escape persecution for their Jewish faith. At age 14 he lied about his age and enlisted in the South African navy; he was soon discovered and sent home. At 15 he debuted onstage with the Johannesburg Repertory Theater; later that year (1943) he joined the army and served until the end of World War II. He went to England in 1946 and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, staying there three months before joining a Manchester repertory company where he soon began to play leads. He debuted onscreen in 1948 and soon became a busy performer in British films. Meanwhile he gained in stature on both the London and New York stage. A highlight of his theatrical career was his work in the title role of Henry V in the 1958-59 Old Vic tour of the U.S. Harvey's breakthrough screen role was as a ruthless social climber in Room At the Top (1958), which established him as a star and for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination. He went on to star in numerous top-budget Hollywood films and important British films. He married and divorced actress Margaret Leighton. Harvey died of cancer at 45.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles) Actor 1995
88% F for Fake Actor 1974
No Score Yet Welcome to Arrow Beach (Tender Flesh) (Cold Storage) Jason Henry Director 1974
38% Night Watch John Wheeler 1973
No Score Yet Escape to the Sun Maj. Kirsanov 1972
No Score Yet The World of Peter Sellers Actor 1971
59% The Magic Christian Hamlet 1970
No Score Yet WUSA Farley 1970
No Score Yet A Dandy in Aspic Eberlin 1968
No Score Yet The Winter's Tale King Leontes 1968
No Score Yet The Spy With a Cold Nose Dr. Francis Trevellyan 1966
65% Darling Miles Brand 1965
20% Life at the Top Joe Lampton 1965
No Score Yet The Outrage Husband 1964
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Philip Carey 1964
No Score Yet The Ceremony Sean McKenna Screenwriter Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet The Running Man Rex Black 1963
96% The Manchurian Candidate Raymond Shaw 1962
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Wilhelm Grimm/The Cobbler 1962
No Score Yet Walk on the Wild Side Dove Linkhorn 1962
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke John Buchanan 1961
No Score Yet The Long and the Short and the Tall ( Jungle Fighters ) Private Bamtooth 1961
47% Butterfield 8 Weston Liggett 1960
52% The Alamo Col. William Travis 1960
No Score Yet Expresso Bongo Johnny Jackson 1959
No Score Yet Three Men in a Boat George 1959
100% Room at the Top Joe Lampton 1959
No Score Yet Silent Enemy Lt. Lionel Crabb 1958
No Score Yet The Truth About Women Sir Humphrey Tavistock 1957
No Score Yet Storm Over the Nile John Durrance 1956
No Score Yet I Am a Camera Christopher Isherwood 1955
No Score Yet The Good Die Young Miles "Rave" Ravenscourt 1954
No Score Yet Romeo and Juliet Romeo 1954
No Score Yet King Richard and the Crusaders Sir Kenneth of Huntington 1954
No Score Yet Landfall Hooper 1953
No Score Yet Innocents in Paris Francois 1953
No Score Yet The Black Rose Edmond 1950
No Score Yet Cairo Road Lt. Mourad 1950
No Score Yet Man on the Run Detective Sgt. Lawson 1949
No Score Yet House of Darkness Francis Merryman 1948
No Score Yet L'assoluto naturale (He and She) Actor


No Score Yet Columbo
No Score Yet Night Gallery
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Arthur Williams 1959


Wilhelm Grimm says: Once upon a time there were two brothers.....

Wilhelm Grimm says: Once upon a time there were two brothers...

Gatiss says: Lionel Harvey, "Cuban cigars are"in our country (Russia), how you say, dime a dozen" Gatiss" The dime is a small American coin" Lionel: I thought the Americans didn't have any small coins? Gatiss" They don't. They've given them all to the British.

Eberlin says: Cuban cigars are in our country. How you say, dime a dozen?

Gatiss says: The dime is a small American coin.

Eberlin says: I thought the Americans didn't have any small coins?

Gatiss says: They don't. They've given them all to the British.