American fiction and non-fiction author known for such works as "Coyote Run" and "Valley of Tears."
He wrote, produced, directed, and co-starred in the low-budget martial arts film, "The Instructor."
He was inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame in 1995.
He and his wife, Shirley, had six children and eleven grandchildren.
He and Clint Eastwood were both nominated for the Spur Award for their Western-themed works.
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