Frank Lawton

Frank Lawton and his wife Evelyn Laye in 1934

Frank Lawton (30 September 1904, St Giles, London – 10 June 1969, Marylebone, London) was an English actor.

His parents were stage players Daisy May Collier and Frank Lawton (I).[1] His first major screen credit was Young Woodley (1930).[2] In the mid-1930s, Lawton appeared in some Hollywood films, most significant as the adult David Copperfield in MGM's classic literature adaptation of David Copperfield (1935). However, Lawton never made his big breakthrough in Hollywood and returned to British film and theatre.

He was married to actress Evelyn Laye until his death. They acted together several times, including in the TV series My Husband and I.

During World War II he joined the United States Army and rose to the rank of major, being awarded the Legion of Merit for liaison work in France.

In 1954 he appeared in the West End in Ronald Miller's Waiting for Gillian.


Year Title Role Notes
1930 Young Woodley Woodley
1930 Birds of Prey Jimmy Hilton
1931 The Skin Game Rolf Hornblower
1931 The Outsider Basil Owen
1931 Michael and Mary David Rowe
1932 After Office Hours Hec
1933 Cavalcade Joe Marryot
1933 Heads We Go Toby Tyrrell
1933 Friday the Thirteenth Frank Parsons
1934 One More River Tony Croom
1935 David Copperfield David - the Man
1936 The Invisible Ray Ronald Drake
1936 The Devil-Doll Toto
1936 The Mill on the Floss Philip Wakem
1939 The Four Just Men James Terry
1942 Went the Day Well? Tom Sturry
1948 The Winslow Boy John Watherstone
1953 Rough Shoot Hassingham
1955 Above Us the Waves Naval officer in briefing roon Uncredited
1956 Doublecross Chief Constable
1957 The Rising of the Moon British officer (3rd Episode)
1958 Gideon's Day Liggot
1958 A Night to Remember Chairman and managing director of White Star Line J. Bruce Ismay
1961 The Queen's Guards Cmdr. Hewson


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