Oscar-nominated for I Want To Live! who was known for writing adaptations of books like Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), The Haunting (1963), Lost Command (1966), and The Andromeda Strain (1971).
He matriculated from Harvard University.
He once taught a screenwriting course at University of Southern California for a number of years.
He married Chun-Ling Wang in 1998.
Like politician Barney Frank, he also studied at Harvard.