John Laurie and Dumfries & Galloway
John Laurie (1897 - 1980) was an actor who's most famous role was Private Frazer in 'Dad's Army'.
Association with Dumfries
Born in Dumfries on 25th March 1897, John's parents were William Laurie and Jesse Anne Brown.
He initially started training as an architect but the WW1 intervened. After the war he decoded to become an actor and studied at Central School of Speech Training in London.
He lived his last days in Buckinghamshire and died 20th June 1980 at Chalfont St Giles.
Laurie loved Shakespearean roles. He acted in more than 150 plays which include: The Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, The Winters Tale, Loves Labours Lost, Much ado about nothing, Macbeth, Hamlet, As You Like it, ...
In The Movies:
Laurie was seen in more than 100 films including: Juno and the Peacock, The 39 Steps, The Edge of the World, Clouds over Europe, Ships with Wings, Uncle Silas, Treasure Island, ...
Private Frazer in: Dad's Army