Director of classic films such as Great Expectations, Lawrence of Arabia, and Dr. Zhivago.
He worked at his dad's accounting firm.
He was nominated 7 times for an Academy Award, winning twice for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia.
He married 6 times: Isabel Lean on June 28, 1930; Kay Walsh on November 23, 1940; Ann Todd on May 21, 1949; Leila Matkar on July 4, 1960; Sandra Hotz on October 28, 1981; and Sandra Lean on December 15, 1990.
As a director, he was able to promote the works of Charles Dickens by bringing the author's novels to life.