Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton

  • Born on
    • July 1st, 1899
  • Died on
    • December 15th, 1962
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English-American stage and film actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In 1927, he was cast in a play with his future wife Elsa Lanchester, with whom he lived and worked until his death. He played a wide range of classical and modern parts, making an impact in Shakespeare at the Old Vic. His film career took him to Broadway and then Hollywood, but he also collaborated with Alexander Korda on notable British films of the era, including The Private Life of Henry VIII, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title character. He portrayed everything from monsters and misfits to kings. Among Laughton's biggest film hits were The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ruggles of Red Gap, Jamaica Inn, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Big Clock. In his later career, he took up stage directing, notably in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, and George Bernard Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, in which he also starred. He directed one film, the thriller The Night of the Hunter. Daniel Day-Lewis cited Laughton as one of his inspirations, saying: "He was probably the greatest film actor who came from that period of time. He had something quite remarkable. His generosity as an actor, he fed himself into that work. As an actor, you cannot take your eyes off him."

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Acting (40 Credits)

1982Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "The Bribe") (archive footage)
1962Advise & Consent as Senator Seabright Cooley
1960Spartacus as Sempronius Gracchus
1957Witness for the Prosecution as Sir Wilfrid Robarts
1954Hobson's Choice as Henry Horatio Hobson
1953Salome as King Herod
1953Young Bess as King Henry VIII
1952O. Henry's Full House as Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
1952Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd as Capt. William Kidd
1951The Strange Door as Sire Alain de Maletroit
1949The Man on the Eiffel Tower as Inspector Jules Maigret
1949The Bribe as J.J. Bealer
1948The Big Clock as Earl Janoth
1948Arch of Triumph as Ivon Haake
1948On Our Merry Way as Reverend
1947The Paradine Case as Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
1945Captain Kidd as Captain Kidd
1944The Canterville Ghost as Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost
1944The Suspect as Philip Marshall
1943This Land Is Mine as Albert Lory
1943Forever and a Day as Bellamy
1942Stand by for Action as Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas
1942Tales of Manhattan as Charles Smith
1941It Started with Eve as Jonathan Reynolds
1939The Hunchback of Notre Dame as The Hunchback Quasimodo
1939Jamaica Inn as Sir Humphrey Pengallan
1938Sidewalks of London as Charles Staggers
1936Rembrandt as Rembrandt van Rijn
1935Mutiny on the Bounty as Captain Bligh
1935Ruggles of Red Gap as Marmaduke Ruggles
1935Les Misérables as Inspector Emile Javert
1934The Barretts of Wimpole Street as Edward Moulton-Barrett
1933The Private Life of Henry VIII as King Henry VIII
1932Island of Lost Souls as Dr. Moreau
1932Payment Deferred as William Marble
1932If I Had a Million as Phineas Lambert
1932The Old Dark House as Sir William 'Bill' Porterhouse
1932Devil and the Deep as Cmdr. Charles Sturm
1932The Sign of the Cross as Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
1929Piccadilly as A Nightclub Diner (uncredited)

Director (1 Credits)


Writer (1 Credits)



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