Laurence Harvey was a Lithuanianborn South African actor. In a career that spanned a quarter of a century, Harvey appeared in stage, film and television productions primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States. His performance in Room at the Top resulted in an Academy Award nomination. That success was followed by the role of the illfated Texan commander William Barret Travis in The Alamo , produced by John Wayne, and as the brainwashed Raymond Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate .
Harveys civil birth name was Laruschka Mischa Skikne. His Hebrew names were Zvi Mosheh. He was born in Jonikis, Lithuania, the youngest of three sons of Ella and Ber Skikne, Lithuanian Jewish parents. When he was five years old, his family travelled with their family, Riva Segal and her two sons, Louis and Charles Segal on the ship, the SS Adolph Woermann to South Africa, where he was known as Harry Skikne. He grew up in Johannesburg, and was in his teens when he served with the entertainment unit of the South African Army during the Second World War.