Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 8-14. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Directed 5 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Victor Buono, Bette Davis, Agnes Moorehead, Ian Bannen and John Cassavetes.
Father of William Aldrich.
Father of director Adell Aldrich
Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1959
Interviewed in Peter Bogdanovich's "Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCarey, Otto Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh." NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Nephew of John D. Rockefeller Jr., grandson of Nelson Aldrich.
President of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). [1975-1979]
Three (3) films Aldrich directed were chosen for inclusion in the 10 best list in 1955 compiled by Francois Truffaut for Cahiers du Cinema magazine: "Apache," "The Big Knife " and "Vera Cruz".
Two of Aldrich's movies - Vera Cruz (1954) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955)- are now considered to be among the very most influential films of the 1950s.