John Laurie

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Birthday
25, 1897
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Jun 23, 1980 (83)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
25, 1897
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Jun 23, 1980 (83)

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Remembered best for his role as Private James Frazer in the 1960s and 1970s situation comedy Dad's Army, this Scottish-born actor also had a career in the theatre, performing in numerous Shakespearean plays in London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Before Fame

Early in his life, he worked as an architect. After serving in World War I, however, he attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and pursued a second career as an actor.

Trivia

He performed with his contemporary and friend, the famous Laurence Olivier, in several 1940s and 1950s film adaptations of Shakespeare plays.

Family Life

Following the 1926 death of his first wife, Florence Saunders, he married Oonah Todd-Naylor. He and Todd-Naylor became parents to one daughter.

Associated With

He acted opposite Peggy Ashcroft in the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film The 39 Steps.

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