Man of Many Moods, The

British actor Charles Laughton was known as “The Man of Many Moods” when he hosted a series of dramatic readings selected from the Bible, Classical and Modern Literature on the syndicated program THIS IS CHARLES LAUGHTON/SYN/1953. The series marked his American television debut. He had become an American citizen in 1950.


Long before his TV debut, Charles Laughton starred in such classic films as The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Canterville Ghost (1944), The Paradine Case (1947) and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952).

His later performances in Spartacus (1960) and Advise and Consent (1962) are considered some of his finest works. Charles Laughton produced and directed the long-running Broadway drama The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1953. He also proved to be an accomplished film director with Night of the Hunter (1955) starring Robert Mitchum.

Born on July 1, 1899 in Victoria Hotel, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, Charles Laughton died on December 15, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. He was 83.

Note: Charles Laughton was married to actress Elsa Lanchester, who is best remembered for her roles in the horror film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the Monster’s bride.

See also “Charles Laughton with Abbott and Costello” @ You Tube and “Charles Laughton – The Cop and the Anthem” @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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