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Also Known As: Died: December 15, 1962
Born: July 1, 1899 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: North Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: actor, hotel clerk

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Night of the Hunter (1955) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor (1988) Himself (Archival Footage)
2.
 Head (1968)
3.
 Epic That Never Was (I, Claudius), The (1965) Tiberius Claudius ("I, Claudius")
4.
 Advise & Consent (1962) Sen. Seabright Cooley
5.
 Under Ten Flags (1960) Adm. Russell
6.
 Spartacus (1960) Gracchus
7.
 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Sir Wilfrid [Robarts]
8.
 Hobson's Choice (1954) Henry Horatio Hobson
9.
 Salome (1953) King Herod
10.
 Young Bess (1953) King Henry [VIII]
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1931:
Made New York stage debut in "Payment Deferred"
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"
1955:
Directed one film, "The Night of the Hunter"
1962:
Last film, "Advise and Consent", directed by Otto Preminger
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Education

Stonyhurst College: Clitheroe , Lancashire -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

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wife:
Elsa Lanchester. Actor. Co-starred together, married in 1929.
companion:
Christopher Isherwood. Author. Had relationship in the 1940s.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Charles Laughton : An Intimate Biography"
"First Day in an Actor's Life : A Comedy Based on the Life of Charles Laughton"
"Elsa Lanchester, Herself"
"Charles Laughton : A Difficult Actor" Grove Press
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