Quick facts
  • AlsoListedIn: Actors
  • Also Known As: Laruschka Mischa Skikne, Hirsh, Zvi Mosheh Skikne, Hirsch Skikne, Larry, Harry Skikne, Hirshkeh, Hirsh Skikne
  • Famous as: Actor
  • Born on: 01 October 1928 AD
  • Birthday: 1st October    Famous 1st October Birthdays
  • Died At Age: 45
  • Sun Sign: Libra    Libra Men
  • Born in: Joni┼íkis
  • Died on: 25 November 1973 AD
  • place of death: London
  • father: Ber Skikne
  • mother: Ella Skikne
  • Spouses: Paulene Stone, Joan Perry, Margaret Leighton, Hermione Baddeley
  • children: Domino Harvey
  • education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • awards:: Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites
Long facts
  • Childhood Early Life: He was born as Laruschka Mischa Skikne on 1 October 1928, in Joniškis, Lithuania, as the youngest of three sons of Jewish parents Ella and Ber Skikne. The family travelled to South Africa when he was a young boy.
  • Childhood Early Life: He loved acting from a young age. As a teenager, he served with the entertainment unit of the South African Army during the World War II and performed across Egypt and Italy.
  • Childhood Early Life: Following his discharge he relocated to London as he had earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). However he did not stay there for long and left after just three months to pursue an acting career.
  • Childhood Early Life: Good looking and talented, he landed his first film role in the British film ‘House of Darkness’ (1948). While embarking on an acting career he adopted the screen name Laurence Harvey.
  • Childhood Early Life: He appeared in a string of low budget films in the early 1950s including ‘Cairo Road’ (1950), ‘Women of Twilight’ (1952), ‘Knights of the Round Table’ (1953), and ‘King Richard and the Crusaders’ (1954).
  • Childhood Early Life: By the mid 1950s he had managed to establish himself as an emerging star and was cast as the writer Christopher Isherwood in ‘I Am A Camera’ (1955), with Julie Harris. The same year he made his Broadway debut in the play ‘Island of Goats.’
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1959, he was cast as Joe Lampton in the film ‘Room at the Top’ which paved the way for his international fame. His performance received critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
  • Childhood Early Life: He starred in the American historical-western epic film ‘The Alamo’ in 1960. He played the role of Col. William Barrett Travis, who shares command of the Alamo garrison with Col. Bowie. The same year, he also acted with Elizabeth Taylor in ‘BUtterfield 8.
  • Childhood Early Life: The year 1962 was a great one for the actor. He portrayed Raymond Shaw in the Cold War thriller ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, and was cast along with Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Fonda and Capucine in ‘Walk on the Wild Side.’
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1965, Laurence Harvey once again played Joe Lampton in the film ‘Life at the Top’, which was a sequel to the film ‘Room at the Top’ released in 1959. The same year, he appeared in a short role in the drama film ‘Darling’ which was nominated for five Ac
  • Childhood Early Life: His successful career began spiraling downward in the late 1960s. While he continued appearing in films, none of them could match the success of his previous movies.
  • Childhood Early Life: Over the course of his acting career he also made several television appearances, notably in ‘The Eamonn Andrews Show’ in the mid-1960s and in ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ in 1971.
  • Childhood Early Life: His role of Joe Lampton, a young man who falls in love with an older married woman, in the film ‘Room at the Top’ is one of his most memorable ones. His poignant performance was much lauded and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Le
  • Childhood Early Life: He won the Theatre World Award in 1956.
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1962, Laurence Harvey won the prize for best actor at the Munich film festival for his role in ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.’
  • Childhood Early Life: He was thrice married. In the early 1950s he began an affair with the married actress Margaret Leighton. Following her divorce, Harvey married her in 1957. This marriage did not last long and ended in 1961.
  • Childhood Early Life: His second marriage was to Joan Perry, a woman 17 years his senior. This marriage too ended in a divorce in 1972.
  • Childhood Early Life: He tied the knot for the third time with British fashion model Paulene Stone, who was the mother of his daughter, Domino.
  • Childhood Early Life: It was rumored that Harvey was gay and that his marriages were cover-ups to hide his true sexuality. British actor John Fraser claimed that Harvey had a long-term relationship with his manager James Woolf.
  • Childhood Early Life: He was a heavy smoker and drinker. He became ill with stomach cancer and died on 25-November-1973 at the age of 45.
  • Career: Good looking and talented, he landed his first film role in the British film ‘House of Darkness’ (1948). While embarking on an acting career he adopted the screen name Laurence Harvey.
  • Career: He appeared in a string of low budget films in the early 1950s including ‘Cairo Road’ (1950), ‘Women of Twilight’ (1952), ‘Knights of the Round Table’ (1953), and ‘King Richard and the Crusaders’ (1954).
  • Career: By the mid 1950s he had managed to establish himself as an emerging star and was cast as the writer Christopher Isherwood in ‘I Am A Camera’ (1955), with Julie Harris. The same year he made his Broadway debut in the play ‘Island of Goats.’
  • Career: In 1959, he was cast as Joe Lampton in the film ‘Room at the Top’ which paved the way for his international fame. His performance received critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
  • Career: He starred in the American historical-western epic film ‘The Alamo’ in 1960. He played the role of Col. William Barrett Travis, who shares command of the Alamo garrison with Col. Bowie. The same year, he also acted with Elizabeth Taylor in ‘BUtterfield 8.
  • Career: The year 1962 was a great one for the actor. He portrayed Raymond Shaw in the Cold War thriller ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, and was cast along with Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Fonda and Capucine in ‘Walk on the Wild Side.’
  • Career: In 1965, Laurence Harvey once again played Joe Lampton in the film ‘Life at the Top’, which was a sequel to the film ‘Room at the Top’ released in 1959. The same year, he appeared in a short role in the drama film ‘Darling’ which was nominated for five Ac
  • Career: His successful career began spiraling downward in the late 1960s. While he continued appearing in films, none of them could match the success of his previous movies.
  • Career: Over the course of his acting career he also made several television appearances, notably in ‘The Eamonn Andrews Show’ in the mid-1960s and in ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ in 1971.
  • Career: His role of Joe Lampton, a young man who falls in love with an older married woman, in the film ‘Room at the Top’ is one of his most memorable ones. His poignant performance was much lauded and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Le
  • Career: He won the Theatre World Award in 1956.
  • Career: In 1962, Laurence Harvey won the prize for best actor at the Munich film festival for his role in ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.’
  • Career: He was thrice married. In the early 1950s he began an affair with the married actress Margaret Leighton. Following her divorce, Harvey married her in 1957. This marriage did not last long and ended in 1961.
  • Career: His second marriage was to Joan Perry, a woman 17 years his senior. This marriage too ended in a divorce in 1972.
  • Career: He tied the knot for the third time with British fashion model Paulene Stone, who was the mother of his daughter, Domino.
  • Career: It was rumored that Harvey was gay and that his marriages were cover-ups to hide his true sexuality. British actor John Fraser claimed that Harvey had a long-term relationship with his manager James Woolf.
  • Career: He was a heavy smoker and drinker. He became ill with stomach cancer and died on 25-November-1973 at the age of 45.
  • Major Works: His role of Joe Lampton, a young man who falls in love with an older married woman, in the film ‘Room at the Top’ is one of his most memorable ones. His poignant performance was much lauded and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Le
  • Major Works: He won the Theatre World Award in 1956.
  • Major Works: In 1962, Laurence Harvey won the prize for best actor at the Munich film festival for his role in ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.’
  • Major Works: He was thrice married. In the early 1950s he began an affair with the married actress Margaret Leighton. Following her divorce, Harvey married her in 1957. This marriage did not last long and ended in 1961.
  • Major Works: His second marriage was to Joan Perry, a woman 17 years his senior. This marriage too ended in a divorce in 1972.
  • Major Works: He tied the knot for the third time with British fashion model Paulene Stone, who was the mother of his daughter, Domino.
  • Major Works: It was rumored that Harvey was gay and that his marriages were cover-ups to hide his true sexuality. British actor John Fraser claimed that Harvey had a long-term relationship with his manager James Woolf.
  • Major Works: He was a heavy smoker and drinker. He became ill with stomach cancer and died on 25-November-1973 at the age of 45.
  • Awards Achievements: He won the Theatre World Award in 1956.
  • Awards Achievements: In 1962, Laurence Harvey won the prize for best actor at the Munich film festival for his role in ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.’
  • Awards Achievements: He was thrice married. In the early 1950s he began an affair with the married actress Margaret Leighton. Following her divorce, Harvey married her in 1957. This marriage did not last long and ended in 1961.
  • Awards Achievements: His second marriage was to Joan Perry, a woman 17 years his senior. This marriage too ended in a divorce in 1972.
  • Awards Achievements: He tied the knot for the third time with British fashion model Paulene Stone, who was the mother of his daughter, Domino.
  • Awards Achievements: It was rumored that Harvey was gay and that his marriages were cover-ups to hide his true sexuality. British actor John Fraser claimed that Harvey had a long-term relationship with his manager James Woolf.
  • Awards Achievements: He was a heavy smoker and drinker. He became ill with stomach cancer and died on 25-November-1973 at the age of 45.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He was thrice married. In the early 1950s he began an affair with the married actress Margaret Leighton. Following her divorce, Harvey married her in 1957. This marriage did not last long and ended in 1961.
  • Personal Life Legacy: His second marriage was to Joan Perry, a woman 17 years his senior. This marriage too ended in a divorce in 1972.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He tied the knot for the third time with British fashion model Paulene Stone, who was the mother of his daughter, Domino.
  • Personal Life Legacy: It was rumored that Harvey was gay and that his marriages were cover-ups to hide his true sexuality. British actor John Fraser claimed that Harvey had a long-term relationship with his manager James Woolf.
  • Personal Life Legacy: He was a heavy smoker and drinker. He became ill with stomach cancer and died on 25-November-1973 at the age of 45.