Student Woodberry Forest School. Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1928.
Reporter, rewrite man, served as assistant drama editor, 1932-1937, assistant screen editor, 1937-1940, screen critic and editor, 1940-1968, critic emeritus, 1968. Consultant.
Member New York Film Critics (past chairman). Club: Century (New York City).
Married Florence Marks, January 20, 1933. Children: Bosley, John M., Jefferson H. Joined news staff New York Times, 1928, as general.