Known for his Grammy-winning production work on the soundtrack of the 1984 movie Amadeus, this cinematic and television composer also worked on projects such as the Woody Allen film Take the Money and Run and the CBS sitcom The Phil Silvers Show.
After serving in the United States Army during World War II, he attended Yale University.
He received an Emmy Award for his sound editing work on the made-for-TV movie The Amazing Howard Hughes.
His twenty-five-year marriage to stage and television actress Charlotte Rae resulted in sons named Andrew and Larry. Following his divorce from Rae, he entered into a long-term partnership with Lionel Friedman.
In the early 1960s, he co-wrote the theme song for the Fred Gwynne and Joe E. Ross series Car 54, Where Are You?