Friday, October 01, 2010

Remembering... Laurence Harvey

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHe was renowned for playing cads - the kind of men who treat women like shit but who, because they're tall and thin and devastatingly handsome and have posh British accents, never lack for women to treat like shit - and he did it very well indeed. Onscreen, at least...

Yet behind his suave and supercilious exterior dwelt a secret; this quintessentially English actor with the plummy voice was actually born in Lithuania, to Jewish parents.

From his appearance in I Am A Camera (1955) to his star making turn in Room at the Top (1959) he struggled to find success, and once he'd found it he didn't disappoint; Expresso Bongo (1960), BUtterfield 8 (1960), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and Darling (1965) all display him at his cool, sexy best.

Born on this day in 1928, Laurence Harvey died in November 1973.
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