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Charles Laughton Overview:

Legendary actor, Charles Laughton, was born on Jul 1, 1899 in Scarborough, Yorkshire. Laughton died at the age of 63 on Dec 15, 1962 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in ashes interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Charles Laughton was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for The Private Life of Henry VIII (as Henry VIII) in 1932/33.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1932/33Best ActorThe Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)Henry VIIIWon
1935Best ActorMutiny on the Bounty (1935)Captain BlighNominated
1957Best ActorWitness for the Prosecution (1957)Sir Wilfrid RobartsNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Charles Laughton's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #66 on Jul 24, 1942.

BlogHub Articles:

Recites The Gettysburg Address

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 19, 2014 From Old Hollywood Films

On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. There are many screen versions of that famous speech, but British actor 's rendition in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) is my personal favorite. Laughton is playing an English valet who quiets a rowdy saloon in the wild We... Read full article


Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

By minooallen on Jul 1, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, , born today, July 1, in 1899! I like to think of as somewhat of a film and theatre Renaissance man. Acting, he did that. Directing, he did that, too. Producing, on his list of skill sets. Yes, Laughton was certainly a multi-ta... Read full article


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By Dawn on Aug 7, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(July 1, 1899 – December 15, 1962), even though he did not have the looks for a romantic lead, he impressed audiences with his amazing talent. He performed in three short silent comedies starring his wife Elsa Lanchester: Daydreams, Blue Bottles and The Tonic (all 1928) which... Read full article


John Candy "looks like" .

By Dawn on Oct 11, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(July 1, 1899 – December 15, 1962). Was an English-American stage and film actor, screenwriter, producer and two-time director. Laughton was best known for his historical roles in films. John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994). Best known for his role as... Read full article


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Charles Laughton Quotes:

Soapy: It may interest to you to know, my good man, that I and the minutest coin of the realm are total strangers.
Waiter: How's that?
Soapy: I said I was broke!


Miss Plimsoll: Shall we roll up the window, Sir Wilfrid?
Sir Wilfrid: Just roll up your mouth, you talk too much. If I'd known how much you talk I'd never have come out of my coma. This thing weighs a ton.
[He tosses toward Plimsoll a robe he is under during the trip from hospital to home]


Sir Wilfrid: [getting progressively more agitated] The question is whether you were lying then or are you lying now... or whether in fact you are a chronic and habitual LIAR!


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Charles Laughton Facts
Served in First World War. In spite of having Public School education and Officer Training (in Stonyhurst College's OTC), he chose to join the Army as a private in 1917. He served with the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Regiment, and later with 7th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment in the Western Front. Shortly before the armistice he became a casualty due to mustard gas.

He was diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder in January 1962 after being hospitalized with a collapsed vertebrae following a fall in the bath. Over the course of his final eleven months, his weight dropped to just ninety pounds.

Was the first choice to play Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (1938) but he, however, turned it down. Leslie Howard was cast instead.

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