Younger brother of scriptwriter Michael Kanin. Garson Kanin acted in and directed theatrical productions in the 1930s, and in 1938 began directing films. His notable early films include the comedies The Great Man Votes (1938), Bachelor Mother (1939), and Tom, Dick And Harry (1941). During World War II he produced and directed several documentaries for the Office of Emergency Management; he also collaborated on documentaries with Carol Reed (The True Glory ) and Jean Renoir (Salute to France ). After the war he collaborated with his wife Ruth Gordon on a series of memorable screenplays for director George Cukor: A Double Life (1947), Adam's Rib (1950), The Marrying Kind (1952), Pat and Mike (1952) and The Actress. Kanin also helmed two minor comedies in 1969, Where It's At (1969) and Some Kind of a Nut (1969).