- (1905-80)American film producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he worked as a newspa-perman and stage actor, director and writer. Later he wrote screenplays. In 1938 he joined MGM, winning an Academy Award for Boys Town. Later, he was in charge of low-budget productions. Eventually he became head of RKO. Subsequently he wrote plays for the theatre. In 1970 he became New York's first commissioner of cultural affairs.
Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Dan Cohn-Sherbok.