Lyricist known for Three Little Words and A Kiss to Build a Dream On and his longtime collaboration with Harry Ruby.
He was 10 years old when he ran away from home to become a magician at a tent show.
He was married to and divorced from Jessie Brown. The former couple had two children together.
He and Ruby wrote the musical score for the 1928 stage version of the Marx Brothers' Animal Crackers, which, of course, starred Groucho Marx.