John Laurie Overview:

Character actor, John Laurie, was born John Paton Laurie on Mar 25, 1897 in Dumfries, Scotland. Laurie died at the age of 83 on Jun 23, 1980 in Chalfont St Peter, England .


Scottish actor, frequently seen in fanatical or eccentric roles. Although the earlier characters he created were often surrounded by gloom and doom, he also had a dry, faintly maniacal sense of humor, seen to good effect in his later years as one of the denizens of TV's Dad's Army. Originally planned to become an architect, but switched to an acting course in his early twenties.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Murdoch: Anything wrong, sir?
Clive Candy: Murdoch, the war is over. The Germans have accepted the terms of the armistice; hostilities cease at 10 O'clock. It's nearly that now. Murdoch, do you know what this means?
Murdoch: I do, sir. Peace. We can go home. Everybody can go home.
Clive Candy: For me, Murdoch, it means more than that; it means that right is might after all. The Germans have shelled hospitals, bombed open towns, sunk neutral ships, used poison gas, and we won -- clean fighting, honest soldiering have won. God bless you, Murdoch.
Murdoch: Sir.

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He was a noted Shakespearean actor.

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