Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton

Highest Rated: 100% Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Lowest Rated: 55% Jamaica Inn (1939)

Birthday: Jul 01, 1899

Birthplace: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

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 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 appearing in Hitchcock's "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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 83% The Epic That Never Was Tiberius Claudius (archive footage) (Character) - 1965
75% 89% Advise and Consent Sen. Seabright Cooley (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Ten Flags Admiral Russell (Character) - 1960
93% 87% Spartacus Sempronius Gracchus (Character) $1.7M 1960
100% 95% Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Character) - 1957
95% 90% The Night of the Hunter Director,
Screenwriter
- 1955
90% 92% Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 53% Young Bess King Henry VIII (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 48% Salome King Herod (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 35% Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 64% O. Henry's Full House Soapy (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 38% The Strange Door Sire Alain de Maletroit (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 67% The Blue Veil Fred K. Begley (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 52% The Bribe J.J. Bealer (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 37% The Man on the Eiffel Tower Inspector Jules Maigret (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 51% Arch of Triumph Ivon Haake (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From Manhattan The Bishop (Character) - 1948
100% 83% The Big Clock Earl Janoth (Character) - 1948
82% 47% The Paradine Case Judge Lord Thomas Horfield (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% Because of Him John Sheridan (Character) - 1946
100% 48% Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 74% The Suspect Philip (Character) - 1944
86% 72% The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville/The Ghost (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 50% Forever and a Day Bellamy (Character) - 1943
71% 81% This Land Is Mine Albert Lory (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 33% The Man From Down Under Jocko Wilson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 75% Tales of Manhattan Charles Smith (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand by for Action Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 54% The Tuttles of Tahiti Jonas (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 86% It Started With Eve Jonathan Reynolds (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 40% They Knew What They Wanted Tony Patucci (Character) - 1940
93% 87% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo (Character) - 1939
55% 36% Jamaica Inn Sir Humphrey Pengallan (Character),
Producer
- 1939
No Score Yet 65% Sidewalks of London Charles Staggers (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beachcomber Ginger `'Ted'` Wilson (Character) - 1938
71% 75% Rembrandt Rembrandt van Rijn (Character) - 1936
100% 89% Ruggles of Red Gap Ruggles (Character) - 1935
93% 83% Mutiny on the Bounty Bligh (Character) - 1935
83% 85% Les Miserables Inspector Javert (Character) - 1935
78% 69% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Edward Moulton-Barrett (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Woman Horace H. Prin (Character) - 1933
93% 82% Island of Lost Souls Dr. Moreau (Character) - 1933
100% 74% The Private Life of Henry VIII Henry VIII (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 82% Payment Deferred William Marble (Character) - 1932
55% 63% The Sign of the Cross Nero (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil and the Deep Commander Charles Sturm (Character) - 1932
96% 71% The Old Dark House Sir William Porterhouse (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 82% If I Had a Million Phineas V. Lambert (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wolves Captain Job (Character) - 1930
82% 75% Piccadilly Greedy nightclub diner (Character) - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1960 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Host 1956

QUOTES FROM Charles Laughton CHARACTERS

Sir William Porterhouse says: 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 says: I thought you had no reservations about the gods.

Sempronius Gracchus says: Privately I believe in none. Neither do you. Publicly I believe in them all.

Dr. Moreau says: They Are Restless Tonight.

Dr. Moreau says: They are restless tonight.

Dr. Moreau says: Do You Know What It Means To Feel Like God?

Dr. Moreau says: Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?

Quasimodo says: Why was I not made of stone, like thee?

Ruth Thomas says: [hearing chanting] What's that?

Dr. Moreau says: The natives, they have a curious ceremony. Mr. Parker has witnessed it.

Ruth Thomas says: Tell us about it, Edward.

Edward Parker says: Oh, it's... it's nothing.

Dr. Moreau says: They are restless tonight.

Capt. William Bligh says: Mr. Christian!

Quasimodo says: Sanctuary!