His step-father, Jack Donohue, a choreographer and director at MGM, advised him to start out in the cutting room, telling him, "You will learn everything about directing by being a film editor first.".
He was a ski patrolman and a seaman with the Norwegian Merchant Marine before emigrating to the United States.
Personal Quotes (1)
[in a 2010 interview with the Hollywood Reporter] My job is to help the director realize his vision...I think people hire me because they know that I'm going to put in a full day, I'm going to tell them the truth, and I'll voice my opinion when I think it's needed.