He was so fanatical about wine that he often sent bottles back if they were not to his liking, sometimes even to his own wine cellar.
He was almost completely blind in the left eye as the result of a childhood bout of measles.
He once punched Frank Sinatra in the jaw, thinking the singer was hitting on his wife, Lilli Palmer. Afterwards the two men became good friends.
He said, after viewing The Sound of Music, “That was the only time I've ever rooted for the Nazis.”
His son recalled sitting watching a storm with his father. When a bolt of lightning obliterated a tree in their yard, his father exclaimed, “Well hit, God!”