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Dates of life 07/01/1899 – 12/15/1962
Only 24 films
Career Actor, writer, producer
Genre Comedy, Drama, Historical / Biographical, Adventure, Thriller, Musical / Musical, war drama, romantic comedy, drama / biography, horror
The first film in 1932
The last film in 1982
Charles Lawton (Lawton) was born in Skerboro (Yorkshire, England) in a host family hotel. After graduating from college, he worked as an employee at the hotel and later enrolled at the Royal School of Dramatic Art. His professional acting debut in 1926 on the stage of London’s West End in the play “The Inspector” on the play by NV Gogol. Over time, he became one of the UK’s leading theater actors, and in the late 20’s starred in several silent short comedies. While working on one of these films, he met his future wife, actress Elsa Lanchester; their marriage, which began in 1929, lasted until the death of the actor. For the first time having been in the United States with the performance of “deferred payment”, a year later he starred in the Hollywood film adaptation of the play. Cast gift Lawton allowed him to be convincing in both comic roles ( “If I had a million”, 1932), as well as in the images of maniacs and villains of his early American films, “The Old Dark House” (1932), “The Island of Lost Souls” (1932). In 1933 he returned to the UK for a while to shoot a glorified his film Alexander Korda’s “Private Life of Henry VIII”. The role of King Henry earned him the award “Oscar” in the category “Best Actor”, and later he once again starred in Korda’s film “Rembrandt” (1936). 30-40s for Lawton became the most successful in his cinematic career; among the many films in which he starred during this period, in addition to those already mentioned, the best known “Barrett of Wimpole Street” (1934), “Ragglz of Red Hep” (1935), “Mutiny on the” Bounce “(1935) “Les Misérables” (1935), “I, Claudius” (1937), “Notre Dame de Paris” (1939), “Manhattan Tales” (1942), “On the day, and for ever” (1943), “The Canterville ghost” (1944) . Continuing to act in films since the late 40’s, he nevertheless increasingly began to turn to the theater, including his performances in which he was engaged as an actor and as a director was “Galileo” (which he himself translated into English from the original Bertolt Brecht), “The Cherry Orchard,” “Don Juan in hell”, “King Lear” and others. After many years spent in the United States in 1950, Lawton has received US citizenship. Of the few films in which he starred in the recent years, life is worth mentioning “The Man on the Eiffel tower” (1949), “Young Bess” (1953), “Witness for the prosecution” (1957), “Spartacus” (1960). In 1955, Lawton made his only film “The Night of the hunter”. This thriller, made in the genre of film noir, is now recognized as a classic of American cinema, but then he did not bring him any significant success. The last picture, which starred actor was the film “advice and consent” (1962). In the same year, December 15 Charles Laughton died in Hollywood from cancer.