- Made theatrical debut at 13 in a school production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet—donning a blond wig to play Juliet.
- Was exempt from military service during World War II because of deformed toes that allegedly prevented him from wearing army boots.
- In 1944, was invited to join the prestigious Birmingham Repertory Theatre by the company's founder, Barry Jackson, and the following year met 20-year-old director Peter Brook, forming a professional partnership that would last for decades.
- Made Broadway debut in 1961 playing Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, a role that earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor (Drama) and, later, an Academy Award in Fred Zinnemann's 1966 film adaptation (he did not attend the ceremony, but his costar Wendy Hiller accepted the award on his behalf).
- Lauded for his interpretations of titular characters such as Hamlet and Henry V; a 2004 poll of members of the Royal Shakespeare Company named his 1962 performance in King Lear as the greatest Shakespearean performance of all time.
- Reportedly refused a knighthood on several occasions because he was happy with the title of "Mr."
- 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1967, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
- 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1997, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 1994, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1966, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1962, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Winner
- 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Winner
- 1956, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Winner
- Edward Harry Scofield — Father
- Martin Scofield — Son
- Sarah Scofield — Daughter
- Mary Scofield — Sister
- Mary Scofield — Mother
- John Scofield — Brother
- Joy Parker — Wife
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