American pilot and eventual businessman who later became a millionaire movie producer and Las Vegas recluse. He was one of the wealthiest people of his time and used much of his wealth for philanthropy.
He enjoyed building things as a young boy, such as a radio transmitter and motorized bicycle.
His films were big-budget extravaganzas that challenged the social mores of his day. They included The Racket from 1928, Hell's Angels from 1930, and Scarface from 1932.