Academy Award winner for 1935's "One Night of Love." His work was used in more than 250 films.
He was raised in New York City. He worked for D.W. Griffith on 1921's "Dream Street" and 1927's "The Jazz Singer," the first film to use sound.
He served as music director for the durable "Lux Radio Theater," a show that ran from 1934 until 1955.
He married actress Janet Adair. His death in 1954 was caused by a heart ailment.
His 1921 song "April Showers" was covered by many artists, but was first introduced by Al Jolson in "Bombo," the 1921 Broadway musical.