Screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award for penning the 1970 film, Lovers and Other Strangers.
He graduated from the Yale University's School of Drama in 1958.
He was often hired to work as a 'script doctor,' recommending certain characters and dialogue be amended to make them stronger.
He had one daughter, Kevis, who taught English at UC Berkeley.
He recommended that Alex Cross in Fatal Attraction, played by Glenn Close, be drowned to give the audience increased satisfaction.