Movie director and choreographer of several Broadway musicals including Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Road, The Happy Period, and Hi there, Dolly! He performed at nightclubs inside a dance work along with his friend Jeanne Tyler during his young years. He was honored with eight Tony Honours for his are a movie director and choreographer. He wedded second wife Karla Russell in 1976. He once was wedded to Marjorie Celeste Belcher. He starred in the 1953 film Provide a Girl a rest with Bob Fosse.