American critic and commentator for The New Yorker who also wrote extensive reviews of various Broadway shows.
He loved reading the books of Charles Dickens as a child.
His review of the Marx Brothers' Broadway debut, I'll Say She Is, helped the group's career reach the next level and resulted in him becoming lifelong friends with Harpo Marx.
He grew up with his brother, William Woollcott.
He was a member of the famed Algonquin Round Table, a group of critics, actors, and writers who met every day for lunch in New York from 1919 to 1929 with Dorothy Parker.