Author and investigative reporter who is best known for his fabricated autobiography of Howard Hughes. He was sued by Hughes and served a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English. Before publishing his first novel, he worked as a copy boy at The New York Times.
His published works include On a Darkling Plain (1956), The Losers (1958), and The Valley (1960).
He grew up in New York City. Later, he married and had a son with model Fay Brooke.
His fake autobiography of Howard Hughes was the subject of the 2007 film, Hoax, which starred Alfred Molina.