Grew up in LaPorte County, Indiana
As an adolescent, was an accomplished violinist and later concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Orchestra
Served as artistic director of the New Repertory Theater in NYC
Was artistic director of San Francisco Actors Workshop
Served as artistic director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse
With a grant from the American Film Institute, produced, directed and co-authored first short film, "Sticky My Fingers . . . Fleet My Feet"; received Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject
Directed first feature, "Let's Scare Jessica to Death"
Sustained credible melodrama of a dying baseball player and his pal in second feature directorial effort, "Bang the Drum Slowly"
Brought Norman Rockwell's America to life in "Baby Blue Marine"
Helmed revisionist beach party movie "California Dreaming"
Directed episodes of series TV during the 1980s and 1990s, including "Hill Street Blues" and "The Twilight Zone"
Produced, directed and co-wrote (with wife Dorothy Tristan) "Weeds", an odd, original mix of comedy and drama based on Rick Cluchey's real-life experience with the San Quentin Drama Group
Directed feature film "Prancer"
Opened own film production company, FILMACRES,in LaPorte, Indiana
Produced and directed feature film "A Piece of Eden"
Directed Suspense thriller feature film "Suspended Animation"