Creator / Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton...was probably the greatest film actor who came from that period of time. He had something quite remarkable. His generosity as an actor, he fed himself into that work. As an actor, you cannot take your eyes off him.

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 a respected theatre actor, most famous for his production and collaboration with Bertolt Brecht for the American version of Galileo (directed by Joseph Losey). Laughton's performance greatly impressed Brecht who noted that "Laughton’s fear of offending the audience (mostly on religious matters) was often in conflict with his desire to correct the public’s false assumptions – normally the latter desire prevailed."

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.

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