Charles Laughton

British-American actor (1899–1962)

Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an Anglo-American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire. He is known for playing Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty. He directed The Night of the Hunter. He won the 1933 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Private Life of Henry VIII. Laughton was bisexual. He was married to actress Elsa Lanchester from 1929 until his death. The couple became American citizens in 1950. They had no children. Laughton died of kidney cancer in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Charles Laughton
Promotional portrait of Charles Laughton for The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Born(1899-07-01)1 July 1899
Died15 December 1962(1962-12-15) (aged 63)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom - United States
EducationScarborough College
Stonyhurst College
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1926–1962
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1929)
Laughton as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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