- Served in the British Army during World War I.
- Worked in the family business as a hotel manager before turning to acting.
- Juggled stage and screen work throughout his career, collaborating on Bertolt Brecht plays in the late 1940s and, in the next decade, acting on-stage in New York and Stratford-upon-Avon while also making films.
- His single foray into film directing was an impressive one: the critically acclaimed The Night of the Hunter (1955).
- His wife, Elsa Lanchester, appeared with him in a number of films, playing Anne of Cleves to his Oscar-winning monarch in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) and earning her own Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).
- 1958, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 1933, Oscar — Best Actor: Winner
- 1962, Grammy — Best Documentary Or Spoken Word Recording (Other Than Comedy): Winner
- 1957, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1935, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
- Elsa Lanchester — Wife
- Frank Laughton — Brother
- Tom Laughton — Brother
- Elizabeth Laughton — Mother
- Robert Laughton — Father
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1926)
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