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  • BIRTH 30/06/1899
  • DEATH 15/12/1962
  • Country United Kingdom
  • SHOW 1
  • MOVIES 30
  • DIRECTOR 1
  • SCRIPT 1
  • PRODUCTION 1

Charles Laughton

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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."

Charles Laughton

Show

General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Edwin Kensington / Henry Denry / M. Hamel

Movies (30)

Spartacus
Spartacus
Sempronius Gracchus
Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution
Sir Wilfrid Robarts
Mutiny on the Bounty
Mutiny on the Bounty
Captaine Bligh
Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn
Sir Humphrey Pengallan
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback Quasimodo
Advise & Consent
Advise & Consent
Senator Seabright Cooley
The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost
Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost
The Paradine Case
The Paradine Case
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
(in "The Bribe") (archive footage)
Rembrandt
Rembrandt
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Suspect
The Suspect
Philip Marshall
Forever and a Day
Forever and a Day
Bellamy
If I Had a Million
If I Had a Million
Phineas V. Lambert
Ruggles of Red Gap
Ruggles of Red Gap
Marmaduke Ruggles
O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House
Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
Salome
Salome
King Herod
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
Island of Lost Souls
Island of Lost Souls
Dr. Moreau
Hobson's Choice
Hobson's Choice
Henry Horatio Hobson
This Land Is Mine
This Land Is Mine
Albert Lory
Les Misérables
Les Misérables
Inspector Emile Javert
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's “Island of Dr. Moreau”
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard…
Self (archive footage)
The Old Dark House
The Old Dark House
Sir William Porterhouse
On Our Merry Way
On Our Merry Way
Reverend
The Strange Door
The Strange Door
Sire Alain de Maletroit
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Self
Devil and the Deep
Devil and the Deep
Cmdr. Charles Sturm
Tales of Manhattan
Tales of Manhattan
Charles Smith
The Big Clock
The Big Clock
Earl Janoth

Director

The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Hunter

Script

The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Hunter

Production

Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn