Screenwriter and filmmaker most widely known for his Oscar-winning screenplay, The Grapes of Wrath. He initial worked being a journalist, freelancing for the Savannah Press as well as the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, amongst others. He earned the Best Modified Screenplay Oscar in 1940 for The Grapes of Wrath. He wedded Dorris Bowdon in 1939. Celebrity Jane Darwell starred in his strike film, The Grapes of Wrath.