Eddie Laughton (second from left) looks on as the Stooges paint the town black in So Long Mr. Chumps.
20 June 1903|
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Died||21 March 1952
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||pneumonia|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Plot: Section G, Lot 533, Grave 5
|Other names||Edgar Hugh Loughton|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Eaton (?–1948) (her death)|
Laughton left his native England to pursue a Hollywood film career. He started in vaudeville, and, according to a biography of Larry Fine of the Three Stooges, managed a vaudeville theatre where Fine once played.
Modern viewers will remember Laughton for his role as "Percy Pomeroy, convict 41144" in the Stooge comedies So Long Mr. Chumps and Beer Barrel Polecats, or as the happy drunk in Loco Boy Makes Good. Laughton was an excellent utility player, useful in good-guy and bad-guy roles alike. (He and Columbia actor John Tyrrell shared many scenes.) Laughton was also a convincing dialect comedian, playing a French nobleman in Buster Keaton's She's Oil Mine, and an English big-game hunter plastered with pies in the Stooges' In the Sweet Pie and Pie.
In addition to his roles in the Stooge shorts, Laughton joined the team during their personal appearances between filming schedules, acting as their straight man.
Laughton died of pneumonia on 21 March 1952.
- Three Little Beers (1935)
- Disorder in the Court (1936) - Man Sitting by Letterpress (uncredited)
- A Pain in the Pullman (1936)
- Slippery Silks (1936)
- 3 Dumb Clucks (1937)
- Goofs and Saddles (1937)
- Cash and Carry (1937)
- No Time to Marry (1938)
- We Want Our Mummy (1939) - Cab Driver (uncredited)
- Pest from the West (1939)
- Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939)
- Three Sappy People (1939)
- You Nazty Spy! (1940)
- A Plumbing We Will Go (1940)
- Boobs in Arms (1940)
- So Long Mr. Chumps (1941)
- Dutiful But Dumb (1941)
- Meet Boston Blackie (1941)
- In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941)
- Across the Sierras (1941)
- The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
- Loco Boy Makes Good (1942)
- Cactus Makes Perfect (1942)
- What's the Matador? (1942)
- Atlantic Convoy (1942)
- Alias Boston Blackie (1942)
- Three Smart Saps (1942)
- Busy Buddies (1944)
- Idle Roomers (1944)
- Idiots Deluxe (1945) - Courtroom spectator (uncredited)
- Beer Barrel Polecats (1946)
- The Perils of Pauline (1947)
- Chicken Every Sunday (1949)
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- Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 0-89950-181-8.