Born George Simon Kaufman in Pittsburgh he was a multi-talented Jack Of All Trades in the entertainment industry, well known early on for writing and/or directing musicals for The Marx Brothers. He started off as a writer; his first film credit came in that capacity in 1919 Someone Must Pay, which was an adaptation of a play that he wrote in 1918 as Some One In The House. Which was remade in 1920, directed by John Ince eldest of the Ince Brothers. He had many rolls in the film industry including film credit, but also such a very successful career on Broadway. He was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table crowd that also included Dorothy Parker, a character that the Jennifer Jason Leigh character in the Coen Brothers film The Hudsucker Proxy is based on. He passed away inn New York City on 2 June 1971 at the age of 71. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered.