1944 – He was born on the 2nd day of June this year in New York City to Viennese Jewish parents.
1951 – He became the youngest person ever accepted to the Juilliard School. However, anxiety issues kept him from pursuing a career as a concert pianist leading him to focus on composition instead.
1970 – This year would be his peak period as a composer. His first film score was for The Swimmer.
1974 – He had his greatest success with The Way We Were. He won two of his three Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards this year.
1977 – He co-wrote “Nobody Does It Better” from the movie James Bond “The Spy Who Loved Me.” He also had Broadway success with A Chorus Line and a score for a Neil Simon play.
1986 – He also received an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for a song in the film version of A Chorus Line.
1989 – He married his current wife this year.
1990 – During this year, he received his first Emmy nomination for his musical work for the television show Brooklyn Bridge. Later he won his first Emmy for a Barbra Streisand special. He also received a Tony nomination for music in a musical version of The Goodbye Girl.
2007 – He will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.