Best known as the bassist for the power pop group Fountains of Wayne, this popular musician also had a career as a songwriter, composing the score for a 2008 Broadway musical called Cry-Baby. For his performing and songwriting work, he earned Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award nominations.
Early in his career, he was nominated, along with his Fountains of Wayne bandmates, for two Grammys for the popular song "Stacy's Mom."
He and his frequent music writing partner, David Javerbaum, composed several show-stopping numbers that were performed by
He was born and raised in New York City and Montclair, New Jersey. His grandfather, Murray Bernthal, had a successful career as a music producer.
He earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for his songwriting work for the 1997 Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do.