Charles Laughton

Actor, Hotel clerk
A portly, but versatile actor, Charles Laughton became an international star in his native England before coming to America where he became one of Hollywood's most popular and respected performers. Laughton made his New ... Read more »
Born: 07/01/1899 in North Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (44)

Al Pacino: Inside Out 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

Senator Seabright Cooley (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Gracchus (Actor)

Sotto dieci bandiere 1959 (Movie)

Admiral Russell (Actor)

Witness For the Prosecution 1957 (Movie)

Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Actor)

Hobson's Choice 1954 (Movie)

Henry Horatio Hobson (Actor)

O. Henry's Full House 1952 (Movie)

Soapy (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 1951 (Movie)

Captain Kidd (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

Fred K. Begley (Actor)

The Strange Door 1951 (Movie)

Sire Alain de Maletroit (Actor)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

Judge Lord Thomas Horfield (Actor)

The Canterville Ghost 1944 (Movie)

Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost (Actor)

Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Bellamy, Dexter Pomfret's Butler (Actor)

Jamaica Inn 1938 (Movie)

Sir Humphrey Pengallen (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1938 (Movie)

Quasimodo (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 (Movie)

Captain Bligh (Actor)

Les Miserables 1934 (Movie)

Inspector Javert (Actor)

Island of Lost Souls 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Old Dark House 1931 (Movie)

Sir William Porterhouse (Actor)

Piccadilly 1928 (Movie)

(Actor)

Day-Dreams 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arch of Triumph (Movie)

Haake (Actor)

Because of Him (Movie)

Sheridan (Actor)

Captain Kidd (Movie)

Capt. William Kidd (Actor)

If I Had a Million (Movie)

The Clerk (Actor)

It Started With Eve (Movie)

Jonathan Reynolds (Actor)

Jamaica Inn (Movie)

Sir Humphrey Pengallan (Actor)

Rembrandt (Movie)

Rembrandt van Rijn (Actor)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

Marmaduke Ruggles (Actor)

Stand By for Action (Movie)

Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas (Actor)

Tales of Manhattan (Movie)

Charles Smith (Actor)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Movie)

Edward Moulton Barrett (Actor)

The Big Clock (Movie)

Earl Janoth (Actor)

The Bribe (Movie)

A.J. Bealer (Actor)

The Devil and the Deep (Movie)

Commander Charles Storm (Actor)

The Man on the Eiffel Tower (Movie)

Inspector Jules Maigret (Actor)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (Movie)

Henry VIII (Actor)

The Sign of the Cross (Movie)

Nero (Actor)

The Suspect (Movie)

Philip (Actor)

They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

Tony Patucci (Actor)

This Land Is Mine (Movie)

Arthur Lory (Actor)

White Woman (Movie)

Horace Prin (Actor)

Young Bess (Movie)

Henry VIII (Actor)
Producer (1)

Jamaica Inn (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

The Night of the Hunter 1955 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

("Psalm 104") (Song Performer)

Biography

A portly, but versatile actor, Charles Laughton became an international star in his native England before coming to America where he became one of Hollywood's most popular and respected performers. Laughton made his New York stage debut in "Payment Deferred" (1931) and soon after won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his scene-chewing performance in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933). Two years later, he delivered one of his most iconic roles, playing the cruel Captain Bligh in the excellent "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), and was brilliant as the deformed Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939). After running afoul of Alfred Hitchcock in "Jamaica Inn" (1939), Laughton dazzled in a variety of roles in films like "The Canterville Ghost" (1944), "Captain Kidd" (1945), "The Big Clock" (1948) and "The Man on the Eiffel Tower" (1949). He reprised Captain Kidd for "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" (1952) and King Henry VIII for "Young Bess" (1953), before making his one and only film as a director, "The Night of the Hunter" (1955), which was dismissed by critics at the time but was later deemed a masterpiece. Laughton continued to deliver great performances in films like "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957), "Spartacus" (1960) and "Advise and Consent" (1962), but a long battle with kidney cancer slowed him down and ultimately took his life. For three decades, Laughton was a gifted performer who maintained a high level of popularity matched by few character actors of any era.

Relationships

Father

Christopher Isherwood

Companion
had relationship in the 1940s

Elsa Lanchester

Wife
co-starred together, married in 1929

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Stonyhurst College

Clitheroe , Lancashire
Catholic seminary

Milestones

1962

Last film, "Advise and Consent", directed by Otto Preminger

1955

Directed one film, "The Night of the Hunter"

1932

Became established as a Hollywood star with roles in the films "Payment Deferred", "The Old Dark House", "The Devil and the Deep" and "The Sign of the Cross"

1931

Made New York stage debut in "Payment Deferred"

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