Directed some 60 films during his career. He was also known for writing The Divorcee (1930), Good News (1930), This Modern Age (1931), and Menu (1933).
He attended the University of Wisconsin.
The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences holds the Nick Grinde Papers in the special collections area, and it's highly regarded.
He was married to Hazel Shon until his death.
Like football coach Paul Chryst, he attended the University of Wisconsin.