Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Charles Laughton


Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Charles Laughton, born July 1, in 1899!

I like to think of Charles Laughton 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-talented and multi-dimensional man.  And his ability to switch from theatre to film, film to television and then circle right back to theatre also makes me believe he was the rare breed of human who can keep up with the times without feeling the need to sacrifice the past. So, let us celebrate this Renaissance man: the actor, the director, and the TV host.


Charles Laughton as the tortured Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, William Dieterle director)


Charles Laughton, Night of the Hunter, Classic Movie Director, Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton directing Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter. (1955, Charles Laughton director)


Charles Laughton as the substitute host for The Ed Sullivan show. Did you know he was the first person to introduce Elvis on the show? Because I know I didn’t until I started doing research for this article.


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