One of the founders of the Screen Actor's Guild who also wrote the films The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Baby Take a Bow and Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas.
His first play, Ringside, was adapted into a screenplay in 1930.
He helped found the Screen Actor's Guild before he retired in 1943.
He had one son, Edward III, who produced under the name Harold Lime.
He founded the Screen Actor's Guild, which Jennifer Hudson became a part of after appearing in the film Dreamgirls.