Jack White was an Hungarian film producer, director and writer. His career with film began in the late 1910s and continued until the early 1960s. White produced over 300 films, directed more than 60 of them, and wrote for over 50. Many of the films he directed during the silent era, and he sometimes used the pseudonym "Preston Black" for the later films he directed.
During Jack's childhood his family lived in Hollywood, California. A nearby stable was used to engage in the new business of motion pictures. Jack and his three brothers, Jules, Sam, and Ben went down and rode horses as extras in a film called "The Great Train Robbery". This started the movie careers for the four White brothers, the first three were directors and/or producers, Ben White was a cameraman.
During White's stint as a producer at Educational Pictures, he hired one of his younger brothers, Jules White, as an editor. Jules would later become the best-known member of the family and would return this early favor. Younger brother Sam White was also a film producer and director.
Jack produced and/or directed over 300 films, both short subjects and features during the 1920s and 1930s. His brother Jules' career focused on producing and directing short subjects, notably the Three Stooges. In 1935 Jules brought in his brother Jack as a writer and director, sometimes under the pseudonym Preston Black, which Jack also used occasionally elsewhere.