An American fiction writer and playwright, he is best known for such plays as Fiorello! and I Can Get It for You Wholesale. His novels include The Price is Right, The Hand of the Hunter, and The Third Angel.
He attended both the City College of New York and the New York University Law School.
His musical play, Fioerello!, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
He married Peggy Wright in 1942; together, they had two sons.
I Can Get It for You Wholesale was Barbra Streisand's Broadway debut.