Leo McCarey

Film Director
Born Oct 3, 1898

Thomas Leo McCarey was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. During his lifetime he was involved in nearly 200 movies, especially comedies, but his most famous film was the Marx Brothers’ 1933 farce Duck Soup. French director Jean Renoir once said that "Leo McCarey understood people better than any other Hollywood director."… Read More

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1898 Birth Born on October 3, 1898.


1919 20 Years Old Leo McCarey graduated from the University of Southern California law school and besides the law tried mining, boxing, and songwriting before becoming an assistant director to Tod Browning in 1919. … Read More
1923 24 Years Old Roach had hired him as a gagman in 1923, after McCarey had impressed him with his sense of humor, following a game of handball together at a sports club. … Read More


1929 30 Years Old By 1929, he was vice-president of production for the studio. … Read More
1937 38 Years Old 1 More Event
A series of six films at Paramount came to a crashing halt with his production of Make Way For Tomorrow in 1937. … Read More


1939 40 Years Old …  But five years later, he co-wrote, produced, and directed An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, a remake (with precisely the same script) of his 1939 film Love Affair with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. … Read More
1940 41 Years Old A car accident in 1940 prevented him from directing his production of My Favorite Wife, a kind of follow up to The Awful Truth with the same two stars, so it was turned over to Garson Kanin though McCarey worked on some of the editing. … Read More
1944 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1944 he directed Going My Way, a story about an enterprising priest, the youthful Father Chuck O'Malley, played by Bing Crosby, for which he won his second Best Director Oscar and Crosby won a Best Actor Oscar.


1969 71 Years Old Leo McCarey died on July 5, 1969, aged 70, from emphysema. … Read More
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