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Also Known As: Lawrence Johnson Died: June 5, 1992
Born: December 14, 1908 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor, stage manager

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Affable, gentlemanly British character actor of long stage experience who began making regular appearances in British and American films beginning in the late 1940s. Among his more than 50 credits are "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (1950), "Mogambo" (1953), "Lust for Life" (1956), "The Singer Not the Song" (1960), "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" (1960), "Cleopatra" (1963) and "Deadlier Than the Male" (1967). In the 60s, Naismith concentrated on theater, doing "Here's Love" and "A Time for Singing" on Broadway, and "The Apple Cart" and the 1970 revival of "The Winslow Boy". He is probably best remembered by contemporary audiences for his whimsical Merlin in Joshua Logan's film of "Camelot" (1967) and for encouraging Roger Moore and Tony Curtis to accept dangerous assignments each week in the tongue-in-cheek TV adventure series "The Persuaders".

Affable, gentlemanly British character actor of long stage experience who began making regular appearances in British and American films beginning in the late 1940s. Among his more than 50 credits are "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (1950), "Mogambo" (1953), "Lust for Life" (1956), "The Singer Not the Song" (1960), "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" (1960), "Cleopatra" (1963) and "Deadlier Than the Male" (1967). In the 60s, Naismith concentrated on theater, doing "Here's Love" and "A Time for Singing" on Broadway, and "The Apple Cart" and the 1970 revival of "The Winslow Boy". He is probably best remembered by contemporary audiences for his whimsical Merlin in Joshua Logan's film of "Camelot" (1967) and for encouraging Roger Moore and Tony Curtis to accept dangerous assignments each week in the tongue-in-cheek TV adventure series "The Persuaders".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Young Winston (1972) Lord Salisbury
2.
 Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Sir Donald Munger
3.
 The Bushbaby (1970) Professor "Cranky" Crankshaw
4.
 Scrooge (1970) Fezziwig
5.
 Eye of the Cat (1969) Dr. Mills
6.
 The Valley of Gwangi (1969) Prof. Horace Bromley
7.
 Run a Crooked Mile (1969) Lord Dunnsfield
8.
 Scorpio Letters (1967) Burr
9.
 Camelot (1967) Merlyn
10.
 The Long Duel (1967) McDougal
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1927:
Made first stage appearance in the chorus of the London production of "Oh, Kay!"
1948:
Acted first film role, in "Trouble in the Air"
1960:
Played on Broadway in "School for Scandal", directed by John Gielgud
1971:
Portrayed Judge Fulton on the TV adventure series "The Persuaders"
1979:
Played Prince Escalus on the PBS-TV presentation of "Romeo and Juliet" as part of its long-running "The Shakespeare Plays"
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