Lyricist known for When You Wish upon a Star and I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You. He worked often with Dimitri Tiomkin.
He started out introducing acts and being an agent for vaudeville performers.
He won two Academy Awards for Best Original Music and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He was married to Patricia Page.
He collaborated with Victor Young on I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You, which was recorded in 1932 by Ella Fitzgerald.