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July 7, 2022

35 Vintage Portrait Photos of Laurence Harvey in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1928 as Zvi Mosheh Skikne in Joniškis, Lithuania, Lithuanian-born British actor and film director Laurence Harvey made his cinema debut in the British film House of Darkness (1948), but its distributor British Lion thought someone named Larry Skikne was not commercially viable. Accounts vary as to how the actor acquired his stage name of Laurence Harvey.

Harvey was known for his clipped, refined accent and cool, debonair screen persona. His performance in Room at the Top (1959) resulted in an Academy Award nomination. That success was followed by the roles of William Barret Travis in The Alamo and Weston Liggett in Butterfield 8, both films released in the autumn of 1960. He also appeared as the brainwashed Sergeant Raymond Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).

Harvey made his directorial debut with The Ceremony (1963), and continued acting into the 1970s until his sudden death in 1973 of stomach cancer, aged 45. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of young Laurence Harvey in the 1950s and 1960s.


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