Charles Laughton

Birthday:
07/01/1899
Place of birth:
Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK:
Biography:
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."

Credits

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

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