Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, he worked in his family's hotel business before turning to the stage (1926). Major parts included Epikhodov in The Cherry Orchard and William Marble in Payment Deferred. He also appeared with the Old Vic Company (1933), played in and produced George Bernard Shaw's Don Juan in Hell and Major Barbara, and gave many renowned Shakespearean performances. He began to act in films in 1932 and gave memorable performances as Henry VIII in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933, Academy Award), Mr Barrett in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). He was married to the actress Elsa Lanchester (1902-86), and became a US citizen in 1950.
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