American producer, writer, actor, director, and studio executive who played a major role in the Hollywood studio system.
He joined the United States Army and served in France with the Nebraska National Guard and then took on freelance writing jobs.
He earned three Academy Awards during his career for How Green Was My Valley from 1941, Gentleman's Agreement from 1947, and All About Eve from 1950.
He married Virginia Fox in 1924.
He collaborated with legends such as Bette Davis.