Novelist and screenwriter who wrote a biography of Humphrey Bogart.
He served in the US Navy prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, as a public relations officer, and and was on convoy duty in the Atlantic on destroyers and patrol crafts.
He is also the author of Welcome to Xanadu and his son Peter wrote both the book and screenplay of Jaws.
He came from a literary family and his father Robert was a humorist and critic who helped found the famous Algonquin Round Table.
His father was journalist Robert Benchley.