He was a womanizer who struggled in most of his serious sexual relationships. Part of his unwillingness for monogamy was that his mother often held several affairs with several different men and women at one time while she was raising him.
Did not start writing until he was 30 years old.
Appears as a character in John Kessel's story "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue".
Great-grandfather of Jack Enzo Kelly, born on September 6 2001, to Shannon Sturges and Michael Kelley.
Is said to have sold his signature The Great McGinty (1940) screenplay to Paramount for $1 with the promise that he would direct the movie, too.