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      Charles Laughton

      Charles Laughton

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

      Lowest Rated: 55% Jamaica Inn (1939)

      Birthday: Jul 1, 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Witness for the Prosecution poster
      Witness for the Prosecution
      The Big Clock poster
      The Big Clock
      Captain Kidd poster
      Captain Kidd
      Ruggles of Red Gap poster
      Ruggles of Red Gap
      The Old Dark House poster The Old Dark House Mutiny on the Bounty poster
      Mutiny on the Bounty
      The Private Life of Henry VIII poster
      The Private Life of Henry VIII
      Spartacus poster Spartacus




      No Score Yet 83% The Epic That Never Was Tiberius Claudius (archive footage) (Character) - 1965
      75% 88% Advise and Consent Sen. Seabright Cooley (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Ten Flags Admiral Russell (Character) - 1960
      94% 87% Spartacus Sempronius Gracchus (Character) $1.7M 1960
      100% 95% Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Character) - 1957
      93% 90% The Night of the Hunter Director,
      - 1955
      92% 91% Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 47% Salome King Herod (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 53% Young Bess King Henry VIII (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 66% O. Henry's Full House Soapy (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 36% The Strange Door Sire Alain de Maletroit (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 67% The Blue Veil Fred K. Begley (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 47% The Bribe J.J. Bealer (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 39% The Man on the Eiffel Tower Inspector Jules Maigret (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 51% Arch of Triumph Ivon Haake (Character) - 1948
      100% 82% The Big Clock Earl Janoth (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From Manhattan The Bishop (Character) - 1948
      77% 48% The Paradine Case Judge Lord Thomas Horfield (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 50% Because of Him John Sheridan (Character) - 1946
      100% 46% Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd (Character) - 1945
      86% 73% The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville/The Ghost (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 79% The Suspect Philip (Character) - 1944
      71% 81% This Land Is Mine Albert Lory (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 50% Forever and a Day Bellamy (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 83% It Started With Eve Jonathan Reynolds (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 40% They Knew What They Wanted Tony Patucci (Character) - 1940
      94% 87% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo (Character) - 1939
      55% 35% Jamaica Inn Sir Humphrey Pengallan (Character),
      - 1939
      No Score Yet 65% Sidewalks of London Charles Staggers (Character),
      - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beachcomber Ginger `'Ted'` Wilson (Character) - 1938
      75% 75% Rembrandt Rembrandt van Rijn (Character) - 1936
      85% 86% Les Miserables Inspector Javert (Character) - 1935
      96% 84% Mutiny on the Bounty Bligh (Character) - 1935
      100% 90% Ruggles of Red Gap Ruggles (Character) - 1935
      78% 70% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Edward Moulton-Barrett (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Woman Horace H. Prin (Character) - 1933
      95% 75% The Private Life of Henry VIII Henry VIII (Character) - 1933
      88% 82% Island of Lost Souls Dr. Moreau (Character) - 1933
      55% 63% The Sign of the Cross Nero (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 77% If I Had a Million Phineas V. Lambert (Character) - 1932
      97% 71% The Old Dark House Sir William Porterhouse (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil and the Deep Commander Charles Sturm (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 87% Payment Deferred William Marble (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wolves Captain Job (Character) - 1930
      79% 75% Piccadilly Greedy nightclub diner (Character) - 1929


      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 1956 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Host 1956