Director who received Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for his 1985 film Out of Africa. He also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for Tootsie (1982) and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). His other films include Absence of Malice (1981), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Firm (1993) and The Way We Were (1973).
He studied acting at New York's The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
In 2007, he produced and played a supporting role in the legal thriller Michael Clayton.
He married Claire Griswold in 1958 and they had three children together.
He played the father of Eric McCormack's character on Will and Grace.