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Charles Laughton (1899–1962)

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company, Mayflower Pictures Corp., ... See full bio »

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 1962 Advise & Consent
Senator Seabright Cooley
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Reverend Wister
- Terror from the East (1961) ... Reverend Wister
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Colonel Albert Farnsworth
- The Albert Farnsworth Story (1960) ... Colonel Albert Farnsworth
 1960 Spartacus
 1960 Under Ten Flags
Admiral Russell
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Rabbi Adam Heller
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) ... Rabbi Adam Heller
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
- Eleanor (1959)
 1957-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
M. Hamel / Henry Denry / Edwin Kensington
- The Last Lesson (1959) ... M. Hamel
- A New York Knight (1958) ... Henry Denry
- Mr. Kensington's Finest Hour (1957) ... Edwin Kensington
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Charles Claxton
- Stopover in Bombay (1958) ... Charles Claxton
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
- The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) ... Narrator
 1953 This Is Charles Laughton (TV Series)
Host (1953)
 1952 Full House
Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
 1951 The Blue Veil
Fred K. Begley
 1948 The Girl from Manhattan
The Bishop
 1948 The Big Clock
Earl Janoth
 1948 Arch of Triumph
Ivon Haake
 1944 Passport to Destiny
Photo of Sergeant Major Henry Albert Muggins (uncredited)
 1943 The Man from Down Under
Jocko Wilson
 1943 Forever and a Day
Bellamy - Dexter's Butler
 1942 Stand by for Action
Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Charles Smith
 1941 It Started with Eve
Jonathan Reynolds
 1933 White Woman
Horace H. Prin
 1932 If I Had a Million
Phineas V. Lambert
 1932 Payment Deferred
William Marble
 1932 The Old Dark House
Sir William Porterhouse
 1932 Devil and the Deep
Cmdr. Charles Sturm
 1931 Down River
Captain Grossman
 1930 Wolves
Captain Job
 1928 Blue Bottles (Short)
 1928 Daydreams (Short)
Lecherous Boarder / Ram Das in Dream Sequence
 1928 The Tonic (Short)
Father of the Family
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Stage: Appeared (as "Hercule Poirot") in both the London and New York productions of "Alibi", the first play based on an Agatha Christie novel. NOTE: Filmed as Alibi (1931). See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 2 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Method actors give you a photograph. Real actors give you an oil painting. See more »


He greatly disliked children. Because of his disdain for them and the fact that he had to work with them in The Night of the Hunter (1955), most of the scenes with the children were directed by star Robert Mitchum, who had three children of his own. See more »

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