American journalist who began writing for the Associated Press in 1944. He also wrote several notable biographies of Hollywood figures, including Abbott and Costello.
He was born in California to a film publicist father. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Publicists Guild in 2009.
He had three children with his wife, Patricia.
His biography of Howard Hughes was made into a television movie.