French film director who made an impact on both the silent and the sound film eras. His work included The Rules of the Game from 1939.
He was inspired to create films after seeing a picture starring Charlie Chaplin.
He received a lifetime Academy Award in 1975.
He married twice and had a son. His second marriage was to Dido Renoir in 1944.
He was the subject of an L.A. Times article titled Jean Renoir: The Greatest of All Directors, which was written by Orson Welles.