Howard Robard Hughes Jr. or the World's Greatest Womanizer was born on September 24, 1905 in Humble Texas. He died on April 5, 1979 in Houston the victim of kidney failure. Hughes was a multi-millionaire and businessman who also produced films, directed films and was an aviator. He studied at Rice University and California Institute of Technology. In 1926 he produced Hell's Angels (1930) and Scarface in 1932. He also produced the Outlaw in 1943. He founded his own aircraft company and build and flew is own aircraft. He broke several world air speed records and his strangest project was the Spruce Goose a wooden seaplane.
He was a recluse but ran his business interests from hotel suites and sealed offices. In 1971 an authorized biography was announced, but the author went to prison for fraud.
Hughes owned Castaways, Desert Inn, Landmark, Frontier, Sands and Silver Slipper casinos. All have since been demolished. He loved to discover attractive young starlets and was amorously linked with Katharine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, Bette Davis, and Ginger Rogers. He made films that were typified by half-naked women and strange action sequences.
Hughes was obsessed with Communism during the McCarthy era. The Whip Hand in 1951 was designed to show that Adolf Hitler was still alive. The film was not a success.
Hughes was married to Ella Rice form 1925 until 1929. They divorced. He married Jean Peters in 1957 and they divorced in 1971.