Director of the 1955 film Marty, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing.
He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Yale Drama School.
He was president of the Directors Guild of America from 1967 to 1971.
He was married to Ann Caroline Mann from 1941 until her death in 2001. The couple had four children together.
He directed Ernest Borgnine in Marty.