- Served during World War I with the London Scottish Regiment.
- Moved to the U.S. in 1920.
- Successfully transitioned from silent films to talkies, thanks to his exceptional speaking voice.
- Had to shave off his trademark moustache for his role as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (1935).
- Frequent guest voice, with second wife Benita Hume, on the radio version of The Jack Benny Show; he and Hume later had their own radio show, The Halls of Ivy.
- One-time owner of the San Ysidro Ranch resort in Santa Barbara, CA.
- 1947, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1948, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1942, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1930, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
- Marjory Read Fraser Colman — Mother
- Thelma Raye — Ex-wife
- Benita Hume — Wife
- Juliet Benita Colman — Daughter
- Charles Colman — Father