Bachelor of Science in Speech, Northwestern University, 1952.
Freelance writer, producer various companies including, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox, Spelling Prodns., Los Angeles, since 1964; executive story consultant, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Culver City, California, 1979-1980; creator, writer, executive story consultant, Tomorrow Entertainment, Houston, 1983-1984; executive story consultant Call to Glory, Paramount-television, Los Angeles, 1984-1985; executive story consultant, Universal-television, Universal City, California, 1985; executive story consultant The Wizard, Fox-television, Los Angeles, 1986; freelance writer, Columbia Broadcasting System, Los Angeles, 1987-1989; freelance writer, ABC, Los Angeles, 1990; executive story consultant, Mac Gyver Paramount, Los Angeles, 1991. Panelist National Endowment for Humanities, Washington, 1982. Visiting professor film University of California at Los Angeles, 1985.
Served with United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Writers Guild American (board directors West chapter 1970-1972, 75-77, 87—, Morgan Cox award 1983), Academy television Arts and Scis, American Film Institute.
Married Audrey Goodwin, November 19, 1960 (divorced August 1969). 1 child, Craig; married Jeannine Brook Riley, June 1, 1974.