He was an indifferent student, with a liking for mathematics, flying, and mechanics.
He took his first flying lesson at 14, and attended Fessenden School in Massachusetts in 1921.
The senior Hughes made the shrewd and lucrative decision to commercialize the invention by leasing the bits instead of selling them, obtained several early patents, and founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1909.
Hughes' uncle was the famed novelist, screenwriter, and film director Rupert Hughes.
He often scored near par figures, played the game to a three handicap during his twenties, and for a time aimed for a professional golf career.
The date remains uncertain due to conflicting dates from various sources.
He repeatedly claimed that his birthday was on Christmas Eve.
Hughes entered the entertainment industry after dropping out of Rice University and moving to Los Angeles.
His first two films, Everybody's Acting (1927) and Two Arabian Knights (1928), were financial successes, the latter winning the first Academy Award for Best Director of a comedy picture.