Pioneering movie director and actor known for his work on both silent films and "talkies." His 1927 movie, Wings, received the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture.
He was expelled from Newton High School after dropping a stink bomb on the principal.
Many of his action and adventure films focused on the theme of aviation.
He was married several times. His first wife was
He and Cecil B. DeMille were both natives of Massachusetts.