Composed for more than 30 films from the 1930s to 1950s. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nine times and won twice.
He starred with Artie Dunn in a 1923 short film that used director Lee De Forest's Phonofilm sound-on-film technology. He was once a staff pianist for publisher Jack Mills.
He won an Oscar for Secret Love from 1954's
He married Sally Fox in 1941, but they divorced in 1949. The couple had one child together.
His Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing was covered by numerous artists, ranging from Ringo Starr to Nat King Cole.