Silent film era actor turned director who appeared in Sunset Boulevard, La Grande Illusion, and Greed. His last picture was 1955's Napoleon, in which he played Ludwig van Beethoven.
He began his Hollywood career as a consultant on German fashion and culture.
He famously said, "In Hollywood, you're only as good as your last picture."
His parents are Benno Stroheim and Johanna Bondy.
Like Billy Wilder, he moved from his native country of Austria to try his luck in Hollywood.