One of the most active American theatre and film directors and producers in history. His career lasted over nine decades.
He had many years of education at many different institutions including Kearney Military Academy, Hamburg High School, University of Rochester, and Harvard University.
His first hit was Broadway in 1926. He became known as a show doctor.
He was married three times to women considerably younger than he was.
His Broadway production of Damn Yankees garnered Gwen Verdon a Tony Award.