American director of Westerns who frequently collaborated with acclaimed actor James "Jimmy" Stewart on films that include Bend of the River, The Far Country, and The Man from Laramie.
He began his professional career as an assistant director on low-budget pictures. He would go on to make a couple of film noir pictures to begin his directing career including T-Men, Raw Deal, Border Incident, and Side Street.
He directed other Westerns including The Furies, The Tin Star, and Man of the West. He also had a couple of Epics under his belt including The Fall of the Roman Empire.
He was first married to Mildred Mann in 1936. They divorced in 1957 and that same year he remarried to Sara Montiel, a marriage that also ended in divorce.
Kirk Douglas fired him as the director of Spartacus and replaced him with Stanley Kubrick.