Laurence Harvey (born Zvi Mosheh Skikne; 1 October 1928 25 November 1973) was a Lithuanian-born British actor and film director, known for his clipped, posh accent and cool, debonair screen persona. He was born to Lithuanian Jewish parents and emigrated to South Africa at an early age, before later settling in the United Kingdom after World War II.
Harvey appeared in stage, film, and television productions primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States. He went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but left after three months, and began to perform on stage and film.
A breakthrough to international stardom came after his performance in Room at the Top, for which he received a BAFTA Award.
His spouses were Margaret Leighton, Joan Perry, and Paulene Stone, who he had a child with, Domino, whose career as a bounty hunter made her the subject of the 2005 film of the same name, which is a loose dramatization of her life (emphasis on "loose").
He died of cancer at the age of 45.
Works he has appeared in with pages on TV Tropes:
- The Alamo (1960): William Barret Travis
- The Four Feathers
- Room at the Top: Joe Lampton
- The Manchurian Candidate: Raymond Shaw
- The Ceremony: He directed it
- Columbo, episode "The Most Dangerous Match" (1973)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents, episode "Arthur" (1959)
- Night Gallery, episode "The Caterpillar" (1972)