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Charles Laughton

Best known for his roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mutiny on the Bounty and Witness for the Prosecution.

Charles Laughton

Filmography

1928                                                    

Blue Bottles

Daydreams

The Tonic

 

1929                                                    

Piccadilly

Comets

 

1930                                                    

Wolves

 

1931                                                    

Down River

 

1932                                                    

Devil and the Deep

The Old Dark House

Payment Deferred

If I Had A Million

The Sign of the Cross

Island of Lost Souls

 

1933                                                    

The Private Life of Henry VIII

White Woman

 

1934                                                    

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

 

1935                                                    

Ruggles of Red Gap

Les Misérables

Mutiny on the Bounty

 

1936      

Rembrandt

 

1938      

Vessel of Wrath

St. Martin’s Lane

 

1939      

Jamaica Inn

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 

1940      

They Knew What They Wanted

 

1941      

It Started with Eve

 

1942      

The Tuttles of Tahiti

Tales of Manhattan

Stand By for Action

 

1943      

Forever and a Day

This Land is Mine

The Man From Down Under

 

1944      

The Canterville Ghost

The Suspect

 

1945      

Captain Kidd

 

1946      

Because of Him

 

1947      

Leben des Galilei

The Paradine Case

 

1948      

On Our Merry Way (originally A Miracle Can Happen)

Arch of Triumph

The Big Clock

The Girl from Manhattan

 

1949      

The Bribe

The Man on the Eiffel Tower

 

1951      

The Blue Veil

The Strange Door

 

1952      

O. Henry’s Full House

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

 

1953      

Salome

Young Bess

 

1954      

Hobson’s Choice

 

1955      

The Night of the Hunter

 

1957      

Witness for the Prosecution

 

1960      

Sotto dieci bandiere

Spartacus

 

1962      

Advise & Consent

Awards

Charles Laughton was nominated for three and won one Academy Award

I have a face that would stop a sundial. ~ Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton was born July 1, 1899 in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Eliza (née Conlon; 1869–1953) and Robert Laughton (1869–1924), Yorkshire hotel keepers.

His mother was a devout Roman Catholic of Irish ancestry, and she sent him to a local boys’ school, Scarborough College, before sending him to Stonyhurst College, the pre-eminent English Jesuit school. Laughton served in World War I, during which he was gassed, serving first with the 2/1st Battalion of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion, and then with the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment.

He started work in the family hotel, while also participating in amateur theatre in Scarborough. He was allowed by his family to become a drama student at RADA in 1925, where actor Claude Rains was one of his teachers. Laughton made his first professional appearance on April 28, 1926 at the Barnes Theatre, as Osip in the comedy The Government Inspector, which he also appeared in at London’s Gaiety Theatre in May. He impressed audiences with his talent and had classical roles in two Chekov plays, The Cherry Orchard and The Three Sisters.

Laughton commenced his film career in Britain while still acting on the London stage. He also took small roles in three short silent comedies starring his wife