Unconventional filmmaker who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director on five occasions. His best known films include MASH, Nashville, The Player, Shortcuts, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Short Cuts and Gosford Park.
He flew 50 bombing missions in World War II.
MASH won the prestigious Golden Palm at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival and in 1992, he won the Best Director award at Cannes for The Player.
He married three times: first to LaVonne Elmer in 1946, then to Lotus Corelli in 1954 and finally to Kathryn Reed in 1959.
He directed Tim Robbins in The Player and Short Cuts.