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Also Known As: Died: December 9, 1975
Born: February 29, 1896 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Director ...
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Joined a pro minor-league hockey team
1917:
Joined Foreign Legion, then Lafayette Flying Corps; plane shot down during WWI; sustained lasting back injuries; awarded Croix de Guerre and other honors
1918:
Returned to Boston as war hero; authored (with a ghost writer) his story, "Go, Get 'Em"
1918:
While a flight instructor at Rockwell Field, San Diego, became friendly with Hollywood figures
1919:
On invitation from Douglas Fairbanks, made film acting debut in "Knickerbocker Buckaroo"
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Unhappy with acting, decided to become a director; worked at Goldwyn as messenger boy (including delivering fan mail to his estranged wife), propman, and then assistant director
1921:
Moved to Fox as assistant director
1923:
Took over direction of "The Eleventh Hour" from mentor Bernard J Durning
1923:
Solo directing debut, "The Man Who Won"
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After succession of successful low-rent films, asked for raise and was fired
1925:
Joined MGM as assistant director
1925:
Resumed full-fledged directing chores at MGM with "The Boob" (released after his Columbia effort, "When Husbands Flirt")
1927:
Directed first major success (winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), "Wings"
1936:
First film as co-screenwriter (also director), "The Robin Hood of El Dorado"
1938:
First film as producer (also director), "Men with ings"

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