1899 - Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire on the 1st of July.
1925 - His family to become a drama student at RADA.
1926 - Makes his first professional stage appearance.
1928 - He took small roles in two short silent comedies starring his wife Elsa Lanchester, Daydreams and Blue Bottles.
1929 - He made a brief appearance as a disgruntled diner in another silent film Piccadilly with Anna May Wong.
1931 - His earliest success was on the stage in roles like Hercule Poirot in Alibi and William Marble in Payment Deferred, in which he made his Broadway debut.
1932 - He impressed audiences with his talent and played many classical roles before making his Hollywood film debut in 1932.
- His first Hollywood film was The Old Dark House with Boris Karloff but his best-remembered film role of that year was as Nero in Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross.
1933 - He gave up the stage for a film career, but after the success of The Private Life of Henry VIII he appeared at the Old Vic Theatre for a season of classic revivals.
1934 - The Barretts of Wimpole Street.
1935 - Les Misérables ,Ruggles of Red Gaps and Mutiny on the Bounty.
1930 - His film roles in consisted almost entirely of the costume and historical drama parts for which he is best remembered.
1947 - He worked closely with Bertolt Brecht on Brecht's play Galileo, which Laughton directed and played the title role at the play's world premiere in Los Angeles and later in that year in New York.
1950 - He had one of his most notable successes in the theatre by directing and playing the Devil in Don Juan in Hell beginning.
- He became an American citizen.
1954 - He directed several plays on Broadway. His most notable box office success as a director.
1959 - He made his final theatre appearances as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream and King Lear at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.
1962 - Died on the 15th of December, Laughton is interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
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