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Charles Laughton

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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Jul 1, 1899 In Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Tonic 1928-05-01
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983-02-25
Known For
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "The Bribe") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Movie The Epic That Never Was Claudius 1967-04-22
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Advise & Consent Senator Seabright Cooley 1962-06-06
Movie Spartacus Sempronius Gracchus 1960-10-06
Movie Under Ten Flags Admiral Russell 1960-09-15
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfrid Robarts 1957-12-17
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Jimmy Durante Show Unknown 1954-10-02
Movie Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson 1954-04-19
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Salome King Herod 1953-03-24
Movie Young Bess King Henry VIII 1953-05-29
Movie O. Henry's Full House The Cop and the Anthem: Soapy 1952-08-07
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd 1952-12-27
Movie The Blue Veil Fred K. Begley 1951-10-26
Movie The Strange Door Sire Alain de Maletroit 1951-06-21
Series Star Time Unknown 1950-09-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie The Bribe J.J. Bealer 1949-02-03
Movie The Man on the Eiffel Tower Inspector Jules Maigret 1949-12-12
Movie The Art Director 1949-11-12
Movie Arch of Triumph Ivon Haake 1948-02-17
Movie The Big Clock Earl Janoth 1948-04-09
Movie The Girl from Manhattan The Bishop 1948-10-01
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Leben des Galilei Galileo Galilei 1947-10-19
Movie The Paradine Case Judge Lord Thomas Horfield 1947-12-31
Movie Because of Him John Sheridan 1946-01-18
Movie Captain Kidd Captain Kidd 1945-11-22
Movie The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost 1944-07-28
Movie The Suspect Philip Marshall 1944-12-22
Movie This Land Is Mine Albert Lory 1943-05-07
Movie Forever and a Day Bellamy - Dexter's Butler 1943-01-21
Movie The Man from Down Under Jocko Wilson 1943-08-04
Movie The Tuttles of Tahiti Jonas 1942-05-01
Movie Stand by for Action Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas 1942-12-31
Movie Tales of Manhattan Charles Smith 1942-08-05
Movie It Started with Eve Jonathan Reynolds 1941-09-26
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Himself 1940-07-31
Movie They Knew What They Wanted Tony Patucci 1940-10-19
Movie Jamaica Inn Sir Humphrey Pengallan 1939-05-11
Movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback Quasimodo 1939-12-29
Movie Vessel of Wrath Ginger Ted 1938-03-04
Movie St. Martin's Lane Charles Staggers 1938-10-18
Movie Rembrandt Rembrandt 1936-11-06
Movie Les Misérables Inspector Emile Javert 1935-04-02
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Marmaduke Ruggles 1935-03-08
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Captain Bligh 1935-11-08
Movie The Barretts of Wimpole Street Edward Moulton-Barrett 1934-09-21
Movie The Clerk Phineas V. Lambert 1933-02-22
Movie The Private Life of Henry VIII King Henry VIII 1933-08-17
Movie White Woman Horace H. Prin 1933-11-10
Movie The Old Dark House Sir William 'Bill' Porterhouse 1932-10-20
Movie Devil and the Deep Cmdr. Charles Sturm 1932-08-12
Movie Payment Deferred William Marble 1932-11-07
Movie The Sign of the Cross Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar 1932-11-30
Movie If I Had a Million Phineas V. Lambert 1932-12-02
Movie Island of Lost Souls Dr. Moreau 1932-12-01
Movie Down River Captain Grossman 1931-05-01
Movie Comets Himself 1930-01-01
Movie Wolves Captain Job 1930-05-19
Movie Piccadilly A Nightclub Diner (uncredited) 1929-02-01
Movie The Tonic Father of the Family 1928-05-01
Movie Blue Bottles Burglar 1928-05-05
Movie Daydreams Lecherous Boarder / Ram Das in Dream Sequence 1928-05-01