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Laughton role: 1932 (4 letter answer)

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The answer NERO is very common and appears about once every 40 puzzles.

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NERO as a noun:

1. (Nero, Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) = Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)