|Also Known As: ||
||April 18, 1964
||February 28, 1894
||Cause of Death:
||New York City, New York, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Raised in Racine, Wisconsin; performed as a child prodigy violinist at age 10; became a circus acrobat at age 12
Ran away to Chicago at age 16 where he began career as a cub reporter; wrote for the <i>Chicago Journal</i> and the <i>Chicago Daily News</i>
Became a war correspondent in Germany and Russia for 75 newspapers
Worked as crime reporter
Founded and edited the <i>Chicago Literary Times</i>
Moved to NYC before heading to Hollywood at the invitation of writer Herman Mankiewicz who offered a contract at Paramount
Formed production company in NYC with Charles MacArthur; made first film as director, "Crime Without Passion"
Published autobiography "A Child of the Century"
Died while working uncredited on screenplay for "Casino Royale" (1967)
Portion of his memoir, "A Child of the Century" served as basis for Norman Jewison film "Gaily, Gaily" starring Beau Bridges as Hecht