Laughton received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role in Witness for the Prosecution (1957). As an actor, you cannot take your eyes off him.". Quel acteur, mes amis, mais quel acteur ! The role of Quasimodo has been played by many actors in film and stage adaptations, including Lon Chaney, Sr. (1923), Charles Laughton (1939) and Anthony Quinn (1956), as well as Tom Hulce in the 1996 Disney animated adaptation, and most recently Angelo Del Vecchio in the Notre Dame de Paris revival. , Laughton owned an estate on the bluffs above Pacific Coast Highway at 14954 Corona Del Mar in Pacific Palisades. In 1953 he played Herod Antipas in Salome, and he reprised his role as Henry VIII in Young Bess, a 1953 drama about Henry's children. He took the last role across the Atlantic and made his United States debut on 24 September 1931, at the Lyceum Theatre. His final film was Advise & Consent (1962), for which he received favourable comments for his performance as a Southern US Senator (for which accent he studied recordings of Mississippi Senator John C. Stennis). Laughton did not appear himself in either production, but John Brown's Body was recorded complete by Columbia Masterworks. In 15th-century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. , Laughton was a Democrat and supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election. He had supporting roles as a Nazi in pre-war Paris in Arch of Triumph (1948), as a bishop in The Girl from Manhattan (1948), as a seedy go-between in The Bribe (1949), and as a kindly widower in The Blue Veil (1951). The film adaptation is notably different from the novel. , A two-LP Capitol Records album was released in 1962, the year of Laughton's death, entitled The Story Teller: A Session with Charles Laughton. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). Charles Laughton: The Hunchback Quasimodo. His movies included The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Hunchback of … He also continued to act occasionally on stage, including a US production of The Life of Galileo by (and with) Bertolt Brecht. Charles Laughton Closeted gay stage & screen actor Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was an English-American stage and film actor, screenwriter, producer and director. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a 1939 sound film starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda, directed by William Dieterle, and produced by Pandro S. Berman The Hunchback of Notre Dame , a 1956 French film starring Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo and Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda, directed by Jean Delannoy , and produced by Raymond Hakim and Robert … Charles Laughton's performance as Quasimodo, the misshapen protagonist, is every bit as moving as Lon Chaney's work in the earlier silent film. Quotes [Last lines] Quasimodo, the bell-ringer : [to one of the stone gargoyles] Why was I not made of stone - like thee?  Among Laughton's biggest film hits were The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ruggles of Red Gap, Jamaica Inn, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Big Clock, and Witness for the Prosecution. Posts: 2,416. .  In her autobiography, Lanchester acknowledged two abortions in her youth – one of the pregnancies purportedly by Laughton – but did not mention infertility. Born into a wealthy family of hotel owners in Yorkshire, England, he was raised a strict Catholic, leading to his tormented and guilty adult struggles with his homosexuality. Showing all 22 items Jump to: Photos (14) Quotes (8) Photos .  The property suffered a landslide in 1944, alluded to by Bertolt Brecht in his poem "Garden in Progress". This album has also been released on CD. 1963 Nominee BAFTA Film Award: Best Foreign Actor Advise & Consent (1962) USA. Also, and derived from the film they made together, a complete radio show (18 June 1945) of The Canterville Ghost was broadcast which featured Laughton and Margaret O'Brien. Charles Laughton endured a daily five-and-a-half-hour makeup session to become Quasimodo, the mocked and vilified bell ringer of Notre Dame. . Directed by William Dieterle. He started work in the family hotel busin…  Actress Maureen O'Hara, a friend and co-star of Laughton, disputed the contention that his sexuality was the reason Laughton and Lanchester did not have children, claiming Laughton told her he had wanted children but that it had not been possible because of a botched abortion that Lanchester had early in her career of performing burlesque. Charles Laughton as Quasimodo the Hunchback of Notre Dame Full scale Professionally Painted Bust. As she is being taken to the gallows, Quasimodo rescues her, and the two find sanctuary in the cathedral. Charles Laughton plays Quasimodo deaf and dumb, struggling to communicate with everyone around him. Diverse authors, articles in The Stonyhurst magazine: This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 00:45. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. Laughton portrayed an unlikely hero: the kind, misunderstood, and pitiable hunchback Quasimodo, the bell ringer at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.  Laughton served in World War I, during which he was gassed, serving first with the 2/1st Battalion of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion, and then with the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment. 1957: Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role. Quasimodo (Charles Laughton), der Glöckner der Pariser Kathedrale Notre Dame, fristet ein sehr einsames Dasein. The actor is almost completely unrecognisable, in a role reminiscent of John Hurt as Joseph Merrick in David Lynch's ‘The Elephant Man’ . Charles in CenCA March 2008. I turned on a TV yesterday morning — an unlikely thing for me to do — and wound up watching part of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Turner Classic Movies. He made his final appearances on stage as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and as King Lear at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1959, although failing health resulted in both performances being disappointing, according to some British critics. He meets and falls in love with a beautiful Rom (gypsy) named Esmeralda (played by Maureen O’Hara). In 1927, he was cast in a play with his future wife Elsa Lanchester, with whom he lived and worked until his death. (The Disney drawing don't count!) Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. Laughton and Pommer had plans to make further films, but the outbreak of World War II, which implied the loss of many foreign markets, meant the end of the company. He is heard on all five records in, respectively, The Private Life of Henry VIII, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Mutiny on the Bounty, I, Claudius (curiously, since this film was unfinished and thus never released), and Vessel of Wrath. Laughton played the title role at the play's premiere in Los Angeles on 30 July 1947 and later that year in New York. He portrayed everything from monsters and misfits to kings. Charles Laughton (1899 - 1962 ) Laughton recieved his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic arts in London. https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Hunchback-of-Notre-Dame-film-1939 Laughton played a cowardly schoolmaster in occupied France in This Land is Mine (1943), by Jean Renoir, in which he engaged himself most actively; in fact, while Renoir was still working on an early script, Laughton would talk about Alphonse Daudet's story "The Last Lesson", which suggested to Renoir a relevant scene for the film.  He played sympathetically an impoverished composer-pianist in Tales of Manhattan (1942) and starred in an updated version of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost in 1944. The two were married in 1929, became US citizens in 1950, and remained together until Laughton's death. Laughton's voice, equally capable of a penetrating, theatre-filling shout and a soft, velvety tone, first appeared on 78-rpm records with the release of five British Regal Zonophone 10-inch discs entitled Voice of the Stars issued annually from 1934 to 1938. Taken from Laughton's one-man stage shows, it compiles dramatic readings from several sources. Laughton appeared in two comedies with Deanna Durbin, It Started with Eve (1941) and Because of Him (1946). In short, Laughton does with acting what great creative artists attempt: to sound the deepest and the highest notes of human possibility, to exalt the human soul and to heal the … , Laughton was the fill-in host on 9 September 1956, when Elvis Presley made his first of three appearances on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show, which garnered 60.7 million viewers (Ed Sullivan was recuperating from a car accident). The result was one of his best performances: outsized yet nuanced, heartrending yet inspiring. It is one of at least 14 movie and television adaptations of Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre Dame de Paris” — the formal name of the cathedral in Paris — and is generally accepted as the best of the lot. In addition, the movie’s happy ending is in sharp contrast to the novel, in which both Quasimodo and Esmeralda die. , Laughton checked in to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in July 1962 with what was described as a ruptured disc. Trivia (44) In the 1928 play "Alibi", he became the first actor to play Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot. In 1927, Laughton began a relationship with Elsa Lanchester, at the time a castmate in a stage play. His book. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. Trotz der Tatsache, dass diese nicht selten manipuliert werden können, geben die Bewertungen generell einen guten Anlaufpunkt! Laughton turned out other memorable performances during that first Hollywood trip, repeating his stage role as a murderer in Payment Deferred, playing H.G. Laughton also directed a staged reading in 1953 of Stephen Vincent Benét's John Brown's Body, a full-length poem about the American Civil War and its aftermath. His performance as King Lear was lambasted by critics, and Kenneth Tynan wrote that Laughton's Nick Bottom "... behaves in a manner that has nothing to do with acting, although it perfectly hits off the demeanor of a rapscallion uncle dressed up to entertain the children at a Christmas party". The play, starring Henry Fonda as defence attorney Barney Greenwald, opened the same year as the film starring Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg and José Ferrer as Greenwald based on the original novel, but did not affect that film's box-office performance. ", Laughton had one of his most notable successes in the theatre by directing and playing the Devil in Don Juan in Hell beginning in 1950. The documentary Charles Laughton Directs The Night of the Hunter by Robert Gitt (2002) features preserved rushes and outtakes with Laughton's audible off-camera direction. On the other hand, David Shipman, in his book The Great Movie Stars: The Golden Years, said "Laughton was a total actor. Back in the UK, and again with Korda, he played the title role in Rembrandt (1936). But Laughton's reply obviously struck him deeply: ''Sweltering under his heavy rubber makeup Charles muttered in a tormented voice, ''I am sorry, I am so sorry, but I … A Brunswick/American Decca LP entitled Readings from the Bible featured Laughton reading Garden of Eden, The Fiery Furnace, Noah's Ark, and David and Goliath.  His mother was a devout Roman Catholic of Irish descent, and she sent him to briefly attend a local boys' school, Scarborough College, before sending him to Stonyhurst College, the pre-eminent English Jesuit school.  He had surgery for the collapse of a vetebra and it was revealed he had cancer of the spine. The hunchback Quasimodo, played by Charles Laughton has only a gargoyle for company in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', directed by William Dieterle. 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