George Hively began his career in the film business in 1917 as a screenwriter for short films at Universal Film Manufacturing, which later became Universal Pictures. In ten years Hively written more than 80 screenplays. In 1927 he moved to Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer, was there but now as an editor in a completely different field works. For MGM and RKO Pictures, he worked on over 60 feature films. 1936 Hively was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Editing for the traitor. Other well-known works are leopards Up Baby (1938 ), Restless Love ( 1938), Abe Lincoln in Illinois ( 1940) and Dangerous Honeymoon ( 1943).
In 1945 he retired from the film business. Only five years later, on March 2, 1950, he died. His son of the same (1933-2006) was also active as an editor.