Leo McCarey Biography
Birthday: October 3, 1898 (Libra)
Born In: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Leo McCarey was an Academy Award winning American film director known for films like ‘Duck Soup’ and ‘The Awful Truth.’ Having built a reputation as a maker of screwball comedies during the 1930s, he was one of the most popular comedy directors in the pre-World War II Hollywood. Following the war, he shifted his focus towards socially conscious and religious movies and was equally successful in these genres too. A lawyer by education, he ventured into film-making by chance. A good-looking young man, he was referred to the director Tod Browning by his boyhood friend, the actor and future fellow director, David Butler. Browning encouraged him to go for the creative side of film-making rather than becoming an actor. Thus McCarey began his career writing gags before venturing into direction. He worked for the Hal Roach Studios where he developed his comedic abilities and played a major role in promoting the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Having established himself in the comedy genre, he moved on to make movies with strong social messages and religious undertones. A highly accomplished director, screenwriter and producer, he was involved in the making of around 200 films in different genres and was the recipient of three Academy Awards.