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Charles Laughton
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Promotional portrait of Charles Laughton for The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Born (1899-07-01)1 July 1899
Died 15 December 1962(1962-12-15) (aged 63)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Education Scarborough College
Stonyhurst College
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer, director
Years active 1926–1961
Elsa Lanchester
(m. 1929; his death 1962)

Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an Anglo-American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire. He is known for playing Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty. He directed The Night of the Hunter. He won the 1933 Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Private Life of Henry VIII. Laughton was bisexual. He was married to actress Elsa Lanchester from 1929 until his death. The couple became American citizens in 1950. They had no children. Laughton died of kidney cancer in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

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