Matinee idol of the silent film era who played the handsome lead in Fool's Paradise and What Every Woman Knows. His final films were 1959's A Stranger in My Arms and The Man Who Understood Women.
He began acting in local theater roles in 1914, and entered Hollywood four years later.
His film career suffered when he founded the Screen Actor's Guild and infuriated the powerful Louis B. Mayer.
His son-in-law, Thomas Victor Jones, was former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Corporaton, the behemoth military contractor.
He was the co-creator of the Academy Awards, and hosted the ceremonies in 1930 and 1932. He returned to host it again alongside Bob Hope in 1953.