The son of illustrious German stage producer and director Max Reinhardt, Gottfried Reinhardt began his own show business career as a theatrical actor in Germany. During Hitler's regime, he sought refuge in the U.S. and became director Ernst Lubitsch's personal assistant at Metro Goldwyn Mayer where he remained for 20 years. Later, he assisted producer Walter Wanger. Reinhardt received his first screenplay credit on I Live My Life (1935). During the '40s, Reinhardt produced a few films, including Comrade X (1940) and Big Jack (1949). Using the knowledge he had gained from Lubitsch and Walter Wanger, he made his solo directorial debut with Invitation (1952). Beginning in 1959, Reinhardt divided his time as a director between making films in West Germany and the United States. Later in life, he penned Genius, a biography about his famous father.