Studied in Gottingen. Military Service: Injured during World War I. Family: Married Gertrude Levy, 1913; one son. Career: Worked in clothing factory, Berlin; 1907–14—worked for Gaumont, first in Berlin, then after 1909 in Paris, first as salesman, then becoming the company's director of operations in Central Europe; 1915—founded the production company Decla (Deutsche Eclair), which merged with Bioscop to become Decla-Bioscop; 1923—company absorbed into UFA: continued to produce films for UFA until 1933; with rise of Nazis, began long exile in Paris, 1933, Hollywood, 1934, London, where he founded Mayflower Pictures with Charles Laughton, Hollywood again, 1940; 1946–56—helped oversee the restoration of the German film industry; 1956—returned to Hollywood. Died: In Hollywood, California, 8 May 1966.