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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.

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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:

Capt. William Kidd: There's none would be so loyal, nor fight so desperate, as cutthroats under sentence of death... if they knew that at the end of the voyage a royal pardon would be in their pockets.
King William III: I shall hold you responsible for their good conduct.
Capt. William Kidd: Between their conduct and mine, your majesty, there will be little to choose.


Dr. Moreau: Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?


[a waiter brings Jonathan Sr. an enormous, fruit-fillled cocktail]
Anne Terry: What's that?
Jonathan Reynolds: It's a Reynolds Special.
Anne Terry: Oh, but you shouldn't be... what's in it?
Jonathan Reynolds: Oh, oh, nothing but, ah, coconut milk and, ah, vegetable juices. Doctor Harvey orders it for me. It's horrible.
Anne Terry: Then why do you drink it.
Jonathan Reynolds: It reminds me of Doctor Harvey and make me hate him and when I hate him, I feel good.


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

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.

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.

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