He is most remembered in the United States for his work as an art director on the film Sunrise. Most of his other films did not receive wide release in the United States. His final film as a director was 1930"s Die Jagd nach dem Glück ("Running After Luck"), though he did some behind-the-scenes roles through the 1930s and in the 1950s.
His final work was 1955"s Fidelo, where he worked as a set decorator.
He died in 1978 in Berlin.