Director of the epics Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago.
He worked at his dad's accountancy firm.
His directing brought a number of Dickens novels to film.
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 Charles Dickens work while bringing his novels to life.