Charles Laughton (1899 - 1962)

Charles Laughton in Les Miserables

Film Deaths

  • Devil and the Deep (1932) [Commander Charles Sturm]: Drowned after being trapped in the sinking submarine.
  • Payment Deferred (1932) [William Marble]: Executed (off-screen) by hanging, shortly after the end of the film: the movie ends as he is about to be led to the gallows.

    Charles Laughton's death in Les Miserables

  • Island of Lost Souls (1933) [Dr. Moreau]: Tortured to death (off-screen) by his creations (led by Bela Lugosi); we only hear him screaming as they close in on him.
  • White Women (1933) [Horace H. Prin]: Stabbed to death with spears (off-screen) by the natives.
  • Les Miserables (1935) [Inspector Javert]: Commits suicide (off-screen) by drowning himself in the river; we only see his cape afterwards.
  • Jamaica Inn (1939) [Sir Humphrey Pengallan]: Commits suicide by jumping off the mast of a ship.
  • This Land is Mine (1943) [Albert Lory]: Executed (off-screen) by a firing squad, shortly after the end of the film; the movie ends with him being led out to the wall.
  • The Canterville Ghost (1944) [Sir Simon de Canterville, the Ghost]: Suffocated by being walled up in an alcove in the castle; he appears as a ghost through out the movie.
  • Passport to Destiny (Passport to Adventure) (1944) Hit by a truck (off-screen) sometime before the movie begins; he only appears in photographs in Elsa Lanchester's home.
  • Arch of Triumph (1948) [Ivon Hawke]: Beaten to death by Charles Boyer.
  • The Big Clock (1948) [Earl Janoth]: Falls to his death down an elevator shaft.
  • The Strange Door (1951) [Alain de Maletroit]: Crushed to death when he falls into the machinery which operates the sliding-wall deathtrap, at the end of a struggle with Boris Karloff.
  • Young Bess (1953) [King Henry VIII]: Dies of an unspecified illness. (The exact cause of Henry VIII's death has been debated by historians, with syphilis and diabetes being two of the most common theories.)
  • Spartacus (1960) [Sempronius Gracchus]: Commits suicide (off-screen) by stabbing himself; we only see him going into the other room with a dagger. (Thanks to Jeffrey)

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