Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Charles Laughton (1899-1962) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
All-time great character actor who specialized for a time in costume and historical dramas, Laughton was born in Scarborough, England. Entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1925, and made his professional stage debut soon after in April 1926. Laughton was on the London stage a month after that, and made his Broadway debut in 1931. In between he met, worked with, and married Elsa Lanchester, who he also co-starred with in a trio of English shorts released in 1928, and in that 1931 Broadway show, Payment Deferred. Laughton had starred in a couple of British feature-length films before coming to Broadway, and while in America he made his Hollywood debut in The Devil and the Deep (1932), followed by The Old Dark House (1932), The Sign of the Cross (1932), and Island of Lost Souls (1932), among other films, before returning to England to play the title role in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). That Alexander Korda picture made Laughton a star and won him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, an honor he'd also be nominated for on two future occasions. He continued on stage at the Old Vic during this period, but returned to Hollywood in 1933, at which time he played some of his most famous parts in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), Les Misérables (1935), and as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), a portrayal that earned him his second Oscar nomination. Some of Laughton's best remembered films going forward were The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Big Clock (1948), and Witness for the Prosecution (1957), which brought his third and final Oscar nomination. He was a respected director in the theater, most notably on Broadway's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1954), and also directed one feature film, a classic in The Night of the Hunter (1955). Laughton did a little TV, charmed on spoken-word records, and continued in supporting film roles at the end of his career including Spartacus (1960) and his final film Advise & Consent (1962).
Birthday: July 1