Former president of the Motion Picture Association of America, otherwise known as the MPAA. He was also an influential pro-copyright lobbyist.
He attended the University of Houston and Harvard University.
He wrote the memoir This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House and Hollywood, which was published in 2007 a few weeks after he died.
He was a bachelor until age 41 when he married Mary Margaret. They had three children: John, Alexandra, and future Warner Bros. studio executive Courtenay Valenti.
He met former president Lyndon B. Johnson.