Eddie Laughton

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Eddie Laughton
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Eddie Laughton (second from left) looks on as the Stooges paint the town black in So Long Mr. Chumps.
Born (1903-06-20)20 June 1903
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 21 March 1952(1952-03-21) (aged 48)
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
Years active 1935–1952
Spouse(s) Mary Eaton (?–1948) (her death)[1]

Eddie Laughton (20 June 1903 – 21 March 1952) was an English film actor. Laughton appeared in over 200 films between 1935 and 1952.

Career[edit]

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.[2]

The pencil-mustached Laughton was placed under contract by Columbia Pictures in 1935. He appeared in many Columbia features, short subjects and serials throughout the 1930s and 1940s.[3]

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.[4]

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.[3]

Death[edit]

Laughton died of pneumonia on 21 March 1952.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://silenceisplatinum.blogspot.com/2010/05/miss-mary-eaton.html
  2. ^ Cox, Steve; Terry, Jim (2006). One Fine Stooge: A Frizzy Life in Pictures. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 1-58182-363-0. 
  3. ^ a b Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 0-89950-181-8. 
  4. ^ imdb.com

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