American film actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He wrote the famous screenplays Cymbeline and Measure for Measure.
After his mother's death, his father remarried and he ran away from home to escape his stepmother and worked on a ship.
He started his own production company, which he eventually merged with Paramount Pictures.
He was married twice; the second time to Cecile Kibre.
During his acting career, he appeared in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler.