Charles Laughton

  • Birth Place: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: December 15, 1962
  • Profession: Actor, Director
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  • Served in the British Army during World War I.
  • Worked in the family business as a hotel manager before turning to acting. 
  • Juggled stage and screen work throughout his career, collaborating on Bertolt Brecht plays in the late 1940s and, in the next decade, acting on-stage in New York and Stratford-upon-Avon while also making films.
  • His single foray into film directing was an impressive one: the critically acclaimed The Night of the Hunter (1955).
  • His wife, Elsa Lanchester, appeared with him in a number of films, playing Anne of Cleves to his Oscar-winning monarch in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) and earning her own Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).


  • 1958, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1933, Oscar — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1962, Grammy — Best Documentary Or Spoken Word Recording (Other Than Comedy): Winner
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1935, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee


  • Elsa Lanchester — Wife
  • Frank Laughton — Brother
  • Tom Laughton — Brother
  • Elizabeth Laughton — Mother
  • Robert Laughton — Father


  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1926)

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