Charles Laughton biography 2022

Actor Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton biography

Charles Laughton, 1899-1962, British actor. Laughton was educated at the theater in England but worked most of his career in British and American films.

With his fullness of body and superior handling of lines, he dominated the screen in plays and character roles. Among his significant roles in the 1930s was the breakthrough in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Rembrandt (1936), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).

In 1947 he had a notable collaboration with Bertolt Brecht for the title role in Galileo at theaters in Los Angeles and New York. At the end of his career, he demonstrated his entire repertoire in the films Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Spartacus (1960), and Advise and Consent (1962). The poetic and visually distinctive horror The Night of the Hunter (1955) became his only film as a director.


last updated October 2022

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