- Played Snoopy in a high-school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and was also in the casts of Arsenic and Old Lace and Our Town.
- Converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after enrolling at Brigham Young University.
- At BYU, met actor Aaron Eckhart, who has appeared in a number of his films.
- Worked in mental hospitals in New York and Utah while in graduate school.
- Starred in the 1986 slasher comedy High School Spirits.
- Early in his career, was asked by church leaders to no longer write about Mormon characters.
- Shot 1997's In the Company of Men in less than two weeks and for about $25,000, which was invested by two friends and was the money they received as part of an insurance settlement from an auto accident.
- Had fictional pieces published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Playboy; a collection of short stories was published in 2004.
- The LaBute New Theater Festival for professional playwrights and high-school students is held by the St. Louis Actors' Studio in Missouri.
- 2009, Tony — Play: Nominee
- 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature under $500,000: Nominee
- 1997, Sundance Film Festival — Filmmakers Trophy: Dramatic: Winner
- 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Winner
- Richard LaBute — Father
- Lily LaBute — Daughter
- Spencer LaBute — Son
- Marian LaBute — Mother
- Lisa Gore — Wife
- Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States (BA in Theater, 1985); University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States (MA); New York University, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Dramatic Writing)
- Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
- Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author
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