Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton

  • Highest Rated: 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% The Sign of the Cross (1932)
  • Birthday: Jul 1, 1899
  • Birthplace: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK
  • Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton's unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film. After starting his career as an hotel manager, Laughton switched to acting. His performances in London's West End plays brought him early acclaim, which eventually led him to the Old Vic, Broadway and Hollywood. When he repeated his stage success in The Private Life of Henry VIII for Alexander Korda on film in 1933, he won a "Best Actor" Oscar. Known both for his fascination with the darker side of human behavior and for his comic touch, Laughton should be watched as a frightening Nero in Sign of the Cross (1932), the triumphant employee in If I Had a Million (1932), the evil doctor in Island of Lost Souls (1932), the incestuous father in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), the irrepressible Ruggles in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), the overbearing Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), which garnered him another Oscar nomination, and the haunted hunchback in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), with a very young Maureen O'Hara. During the war years, he played some light roles in Tales of Manhattan (1942), Forever and a Day (1943) and The Canterville Ghost (1944), among others. By the late '40s, Laughton sought greater challenges and returned to the stage in The Life of Galileo, which he translated from Bertolt Brecht's original and co-directed. As stage director and/or performer, he made Don Juan in Hell in 1951, John Brown's Body in 1953, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial in 1954, and Shaw's Major Barbara in 1956, all in New York. When he returned to England in 1959, he appeared in Stratford-upon-Avon productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and King Lear. Later film appearances include O. Henry's Full House (1952), Hobson's Choice (1954), Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (which gave him another Oscar nomination), Spartacus (1960) and Advise and Consent (1962). Laughton was married from 1929 to his death to actress Elsa Lanchester, with whom he occasionally appeared. His direction of the film The Night of the Hunter (1955) is critically acclaimed.


Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet I, Claudius Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Canterville Ghost Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Epic That Never Was Actor 1965
75% Advise and Consent Sen. Seabright Cooley 1962
95% Spartacus Gracchus 1960
No Score Yet Under Ten Flags (Sotto dieci bandiere) Actor 1960
100% Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfrid Robarts 1957
No Score Yet Producer's Showcase: Festival of Music Actor 1956
99% The Night of the Hunter Director 1955
No Score Yet Young Bess King Henry VIII 1953
No Score Yet Salome King Herod 1953
90% Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson 1953
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd 1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Soapy 1952
No Score Yet The Strange Door Sire Alain de Maletroit 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Fred K. Begley 1951
No Score Yet The Bribe J.J. Bealer 1949
No Score Yet The Man on the Eiffel Tower Inspector Jules Maigret 1949
80% The Paradine Case Judge Lord Thomas Horfield 1948
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph Ivon Haake 1948
100% The Big Clock Earl Janoth 1948
No Score Yet Because of Him John Sheridan 1946
100% Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd 1945
No Score Yet Pirates: Dead Men Tell Their Tales Captain Kidd 1945
No Score Yet The Suspect Philip 1944
86% The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville/The Ghost 1944
No Score Yet The Man From Down Under Jocko Wilson 1943
71% This Land Is Mine Albert Lory 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Bellamy 1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Charles Smith 1942
No Score Yet The Tuttles of Tahiti Jonas Tuttle 1942
No Score Yet Stand By for Action Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas 1942
No Score Yet It Started with Eve Jonathan Reynolds 1941
No Score Yet They Knew What They Wanted Tony Patucci 1940
55% Jamaica Inn Sir Humphrey Pengallan Producer 1939
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo 1939
No Score Yet The Beachcomber Ginger Ted 1938
No Score Yet Sidewalks of London Charles Staggers 1938
83% Rembrandt Rembrandt van Rijn 1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty Bligh 1935
91% Les Miserables Insp. Javert 1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap Ruggles 1935
78% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Edward Moulton Barrett 1934
No Score Yet White Woman Horace H. Prin 1933
100% The Private Life of Henry VIII Henry VIII 1933
93% Island of Lost Souls Dr. Moreau 1933
No Score Yet Payment Deferred William Marble 1932
100% The Old Dark House Sir William Porterhouse 1932
33% The Sign of the Cross Nero 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Phineas V. Lambert 1932
No Score Yet The Devil and the Deep Cmdr. Charles Sturm 1932
86% Piccadilly Nightclub Diner 1929


Sir William Porterhouse
Once you started making money it's hard to stop, especially if you're like me. there isn't much else you're good at.
Julius Caesar
I thought you had no reservations about the gods.
Sempronius Gracchus
Privately I believe in none. Neither do you. Publicly I believe in them all.
Dr. Moreau
They Are Restless Tonight.
Dr. Moreau
They are restless tonight.
Dr. Moreau
Do You Know What It Means To Feel Like God?
Dr. Moreau
Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?
Why was I not made of stone, like thee?
Ruth Thomas
[hearing chanting] What's that?
Dr. Moreau
The natives, they have a curious ceremony. Mr. Parker has witnessed it.
Ruth Thomas
Tell us about it, Edward.
Edward Parker
Oh, it's... it's nothing.
Dr. Moreau
They are restless tonight.
Capt. William Bligh
Mr. Christian!