When this man was young, Frankenstein films inspired him to take up acting, but during a performance at The Rep (L.A.) cement splashed on his face so he switched to directing for a while and there were books he wanted to abridge too.
Far from high arts and stories of class, action movies called out to him - those where he could let loose: cannons firing with a bite, the bullets whizzing behind, enemy lines of infantry yelling "Geronimo", an American legend striding out of San Francisco, pike swinging like a scythe - quick - and the dead piled up all around while the sound of mortar gets nearer.
Not everyone thought he was super - many saw him as an enemy. Oft he stated "After my first Oscar nomination I let my ego run away. Jury after jury failed to give me the top award by a narrow margin."
Don't forget short young men could succumb at 21 to the power, the absolute power of Hollywood. Many an unlucky lady has found that they are heartbreakers who want zero ties - a couple of hoosiers all night long.
The firm way he handled his first wife led to their split. Decisions regarding another woman led to thunder, fireworks and extreme measures. He tried to explain but before the conversation had begun, forgiveness evaporated. She is typical of doctor's wives from Mississippi - burning with rage and often turning crimson.
Tides turn, though and he was still someone to look dewy at. Tear-patterns streaming down the cheeks of women were not uncommon.
Valour during his military service in his twilight years meant he was leader of the pack. Age didn't matter. He was decorated for his courageous efforts twice.
In a lifetime of travelling the world he has developed great respect for the Mexican people he met, but not for the French. Connections overseas and at home have said that he has always been great company - business conversations in March or diecast modelling of a scarecrow at night.
Move several years later and he is no longer in his prime. Cut from the A list he is no longer desired. Speaking to the media about his chances of playing leading man again, they say "No Way!".
"Outrageous" is my response.
Question: Who is this superstar and how many films can you find (please include the number to make it easier to check if you've got them all!)?