American film director and writer whose work included the 1990s crime dramas Bad Lieutenant and King of New York.
He made his first splash in directing with the dark, grindhouse film The Driller Killer from 1979.
He helped write an adaptation of his film Bad Lieutenant called The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans.
He adopted two daughters.
He cast Christopher Walken in four of his films, including The Funeral from 1996.