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Charles Laughton

Highest Rated:   100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Sign of the Cross (1932)
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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.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
82% Advise and Consent
  • Sen. Seabright Cooley
1962
96% 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
98% The Night of the Hunter
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Young Bess
  • King Henry VIII
1953
No Score Yet Salome
  • King Herod
1953
95% 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
78% 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
83% 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
  • Producer
  • Sir Humphrey Pengallan
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
No Score Yet Rembrandt
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Bligh
1935
100% Les Miserables
  • Insp. Javert
1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap
  • Ruggles
1935
71% 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
96% Island of Lost Souls
  • Dr. Moreau
1933
No Score Yet Payment Deferred
  • William Marble
1932
33% The Sign of the Cross
  • Nero
1932
100% The Old Dark House
  • Sir William Porterhouse
1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Phineas V. Lambert
1932
88% Piccadilly
  • Nightclub Diner
1929

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