Composed Rhythm Is Our Business, The Anniversary Song, You Wonderful You, and many other songs.
He attended New York University's School of Commerce.
He won four Academy Awards for collaborations on scores and orchestrations for musical films such as An American in Paris from 1951, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from 1954, and West Side Story from 1961.
He married Betty Levin in 1968.
He collaborated with Sammy Cahn on Warner Brothers' Vitaphone movie shorts.