Creator / Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton was a dramatic actor born in Yorkshire, England in 1899. Began acting in 1926, married fellow actress Elsa Lanchester (best known as the Bride of Frankenstein
) in 1929, and moved to Hollywood in 1931.
Among the decidedly eccentric roles he took on were Henry VIII
in 1933's The Private Life of Henry VIII
(for which he won the Academy Award
for Best Actor), Captain Bligh in 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty
, Quasimodo in 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame
and (later in his career) Senator Gracchus in Spartacus
He was also the director of ONE movie
, the 1955 thriller The Night of the Hunter
. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct again. However, the film was eventually Vindicated by History
, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.
Laughton died from cancer in 1962.
A Large Ham
if there ever was one.
Films with trope pages include:
- Island of Lost Souls (1932, Dr. Moreau)
- The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933, King Henry VIII)
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934, Edward)
- Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, Captain Bligh)
- Ruggles of Red Gap (1935, Ruggles)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, Quasimodo)
- Jamaica Inn (1939, Sir Humphrey)
- They Knew What They Wanted (1940, Tony)
- The Night of the Hunter (1955, director)
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957, Sir Wilfrid Robarts)
- Spartacus (1960, Senator Gracchus)
- Advise and Consent (1962, Senator Cooley)