Friday, June 5, 2015

It’s Friday! It’s Laurence Naismith…Day 156 of Bond 365

Laurence Naismith
Passed away this day in 1992
Sir Donald Munger in Diamonds Are Forever

Lawrence Johnson was born in Thames Ditton of Surrey, England back in 1908. His acting debut occurred on the London stage in 1927 as part of the chorus of “Oh, Boy” a musical. He later joined the Bristol Repertory in 1930 and at some point, he changed the spelling of his first name and changed his last name altogether: Laurence Naismith.

When World War II broke out in England, Naismith served in the Royal Artillery for nine years and his seafaring experience lent to his performances when he portrayed sea officers in a number of films. However, his first screen appearance was in the BBC television movie Crock of Gold (1948) in which Naismith played Mr. Thomson.

Naismith had over 100 acting credits by the time he retired in the early 1980s, and he opened a pub in Berkshire called Rowbarge, according to IMDB. He later moved to Australia to live with his son before passing away. He is the grandfather up an up-and-coming- actor Woody Naismith.

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