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Famous birthday: July 1 Charles Laughton

No, Charles Laughton it not a composer. But I couldn’t find a musical person I wanted to feature today. I am a writer too. So I picked an actor this time. Maybe I will go for an artist tomorrow.

From Wikepedia

Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899–December 15, 1962) was an English stage and film actor, screenwriter, producer and two-time director.

photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1940.

Laughton was best known for his historical roles in films, but he started his career as a remarkable stage actor, during a time when many serious stage actors despised the motion picture medium, seeing it only as a source of income. Laughton showed keen and serious interest in the pioneering possibilities of film, and later other media, such as radio, recordings, and TV, proving that quality work could be made available to audiences other than theatre-goers. He became an American citizen in 1950.

Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, the son of Robert Laughton, a Yorkshire hotel keeper[1], and his wife Elizabeth (née Conlon). His mother was a devout Roman Catholic and he attended Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit school, in Lancashire, England.[2] He served during World War I (in which he was gassed) first with the 2/1st Battalion of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Regiment[3] and later with the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment.

He started work in the family hotel business, while participating in amateur theatricals in Scarborough. Finally allowed by his family to become a drama student at RADA in 1925, Laughton made his first professional stage appearance on April 28, 1926 at the Barnes Theatre, as Osip in the comedy The Government Inspector, in which he also appeared at the London Gaiety Theatre in May.

Laughton won the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Mutiny on the Bounty and Ruggles of Red Gap in 1953.

Academy Awards
  • 1933 Won Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Private Life of Henry VIII
  • 1936 Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role, Mutiny on the Bounty
  • 1958 Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role, Witness for the Prosecution

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