Charles Laughton was a star in his native England before coming to the USA, where he became one of Hollywood's most popular and respected actors. He made his New York stage debut in "Payment Deferred" (1931) and soon after won the Academy Award for Best Actor for "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933). Among his most iconic roles were Captain Bligh in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), and Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939). He directed only one film, "The Night of the Hunter" (1955), which was dismissed by critics at the time but has since been considered a classic. Laughton also worked with Bertolt Brecht to edit and translate into English Brecht's play Galileo, and played the title role at the play's US premiere in Los Angeles in 1947. Laughton was a compelling performer whose popularity was unmatched by any other character actor of his or subsequent generations.