During World War II, served as a batman (British term for personal servant) to David Niven; the two became life-long friends.
His first wife, Isolde Denham, was half-sister to Angela Lansbury.
The film Spartacus took so long to film that he wrote a full-length novel during filming, and his youngest child Andrea replied "Spartacus" when a schoolmate asked her what her father did for a living.
Set to interview Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the day she was assassinated.
Was knighted in 1990.
An accomplished raconteur, he frequently appeared on talk shows in his later years.
1951, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
1958, Emmy — Actor- Best Single Performance- Lead or Support: Winner
1968, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Nominee
1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner