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Laughton, Charles

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(1899-1962)

    British actor famed for a variety of memorable roles including Ruggles of Red Gap, Witness for the Prosecution, and The Big Clock. His best remembered roles are probably as Henry in The Private Life of Henry VIII, for which he won an Oscar, and as Captain Bligh in the Clark Gable version of Mutiny on the Bounty. These two roles were parodied numerous times: the Henry VIII role in Have You Got Any Castles? (Tashlin, 1937) and to a certain extent in Shishkabugs (Freleng, 1962), and the Bligh role again in Castles, as well as Porky’s Road Race (Tashlin, 1937), Buccaneer Bunny (Freleng, 1948) and Good Noose (McKimson, 1962).

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