Popular New York stage director who was nominate for an Academy Award for his role as Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather Part II. He wrote the Broadway play, A Hatful of Rain, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film in 1957.
He was a member of the Actors Studio, and wrote the play, A Hatful of Rain, which had almost 400 runs on Broadway.
He was cast as a mobster in the 1986 Showtime film, Blood Ties.
He grew up in Hillside, New Jersey.
He trained several of the actors on the hit HBO mafia drama, The Sopranos, created by David Chase.