American actor, playwright, screenwriter, and producer who wrote the popular play, The Racquet, in 1927. He grew up in Chicago by Scottish immigrants and went to the College or university of Chicago but was expelled after devoting a lot of time to theatre. He had written the 1927 Broadway play The Racquet, which presented Edward G. Robinson in his 1st gangster part. He wedded Adelaide Maurine Bledsoe, the girl of Santa Fe Railroad chief executive Samuel Bledsoe. His play Hey Diddle Diddle premiered in Princeton in 1937, which starred Lucille Ball.