Father was screenwriter who received an Oscar nomination for Brubaker (1980) and also penned The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) .
Speech writer for former President Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis.
Co-wrote Big (1988) with his then-next door neighbor, Anne Spielberg, sister of Steven Spielberg.
Owned partial interest in a racehorse, Atswhatimtalkinbout, who finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby in 2003.
Wrote the children's book Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind; the book originated as a few verses that was a favor for a friend, David Koepp, who was directing The Trigger Effect (1996) and needed a bedtime story that star Elizabeth Shue could read to her son.
Served on Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners.
Grows tangerines on a working ranch north of Santa Barbara, CA and is know to give them as holiday presents to Hollywood friends.
2003, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
1988, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
2003, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
1994, Writers Guild Awards — The Paul Selvin Award: Winner
1993, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
2003, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee