A television personality who is best known for hosting the TV show This is Show Business.
He was born to a Jewish mother and a Russian father and he matriculated from Columbia College at Columbia University.
A gift for the gab and a fan of literature, he is remembered for the gem: "When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before, you see more in you than there was before."
He had a son and daughter with his wife Annalee. He had a son from a previous marriage.
He appeared on What's My Line?, along with Steve Allen.