Biography

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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."

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."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 72

Birthday 1899-07-01

Day of Death 1962-12-15

Place of Birth Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK

Official Site http://charleslaughton.freeservers.com/main.htm

Also Known As

  • Чарльз Лотон

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 Brecht (1 episode) as Galileo (voice)
2009 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
1991 Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "The Bribe") (archive footage)
1967 The Epic That Never Was as Claudius
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1962 Advise & Consent as Senator Seabright Cooley
1960 Spartacus as Sempronius Gracchus
1960 Under Ten Flags as Admiral Russell
1957 Witness for the Prosecution as Sir Wilfrid Robarts
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (2 episodes)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (2 episodes)
1954 The Jimmy Durante Show (1 episode)
1954 Hobson's Choice as Henry Horatio Hobson
1953 Young Bess as King Henry VIII
1953 Salome as King Herod
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd as Capt. William Kidd
1952 O. Henry's Full House as The Cop and the Anthem: Soapy
1951 The Blue Veil as Fred K. Begley
1951 The Strange Door as Sire Alain de Maletroit
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Star Time (1 episode)
1949 The Man on the Eiffel Tower as Inspector Jules Maigret
1949 The Art Director
1949 The Bribe as J.J. Bealer
1948 The Girl from Manhattan as The Bishop
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (4 episodes)
1948 The Big Clock as Earl Janoth
1948 Arch of Triumph as Ivon Haake
1947 The Paradine Case as Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
1947 Leben des Galilei as Galileo Galilei
1946 Because of Him as John Sheridan
1945 Captain Kidd as Captain Kidd
1944 The Suspect as Philip Marshall
1944 The Canterville Ghost as Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost
1943 The Man from Down Under as Jocko Wilson
1943 This Land Is Mine as Albert Lory
1943 Forever and a Day as Bellamy - Dexter's Butler
1942 Stand by for Action as Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas
1942 Tales of Manhattan as Charles Smith
1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti as Jonas
1941 It Started with Eve as Jonathan Reynolds
1940 They Knew What They Wanted as Tony Patucci
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Himself
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame as The Hunchback Quasimodo
1939 Jamaica Inn as Sir Humphrey Pengallan
1938 St. Martin's Lane as Charles Staggers
1938 Vessel of Wrath as Ginger Ted
1936 Rembrandt as Rembrandt
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty as Captain Bligh
1935 Les Misérables as Inspector Emile Javert
1935 Ruggles of Red Gap as Marmaduke Ruggles
1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street as Edward Moulton-Barrett
1933 White Woman as Horace H. Prin
1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII as King Henry VIII
1933 The Clerk as Phineas V. Lambert
1932 If I Had a Million as Phineas V. Lambert
1932 Island of Lost Souls as Dr. Moreau
1932 The Sign of the Cross as Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
1932 Payment Deferred as William Marble
1932 The Old Dark House as Sir William 'Bill' Porterhouse
1932 Devil and the Deep as Cmdr. Charles Sturm
1931 Down River as Captain Grossman
1930 Wolves as Captain Job
1930 Comets as Himself
1929 Piccadilly as A Nightclub Diner (uncredited)
1928 Blue Bottles as Burglar
1928 The Tonic as Father of the Family
1928 Daydreams as Lecherous Boarder / Ram Das in Dream Sequence

Writing

1955 The Night of the Hunter Screenplay
1947 Leben des Galilei Writer
1938 St. Martin's Lane Writer

Directing

1955 The Night of the Hunter Director
1949 The Man on the Eiffel Tower Director

Production

1939 Jamaica Inn Producer
1938 Vessel of Wrath Producer

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