Director of iconic teenage angst films like Johnny Guitar and Rebel Without a cause.
He moved to New York to act in radio and in Eli Kazan's stage plays after studying art at
His professional success peaked with Rebel Without a Cause. An addiction to drugs and alcohol forced him to retire from filmmaking and spend the rest of his working life as a professor.
He was born in Galesville, Wisconsin, a descendant of German and Norwegian immigrants.
He cast James Dean as the hero of Rebel Without a Cause. Dean died a few days before the film's release, contributing to both the film's legacy and his own legacy.