Motion Picture and Television Screenwriter. The son of former US Congressman Leo F. Rayfiel, he served in the European Theater with the US Army during World War II, and upon returning home received his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College. He would further his education, as he studied playwriting at the Yale School of Drama from where he attained his master's degree in 1950. Not long after, Rayfiel began penning episodes for the TV programs "Norby," "Kraft Suspense Theatre," "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre," and later "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" and "Columbo." During the mid-1960s, he began a successful collaboration with Sydney Pollack which yielded the pictures "Castle Keep" (1969), "Three Days of the Condor" (1975, for which he shared an Edgar Allan Poe Award with Lorenzo Semple, Jr.), "Havana" (1990), "The Firm" (1993) and the 1995 adaptation of "Sabrina" (1995). He died from congestive heart failure.
Bio by: C.S.