American actor, screenwriter, and director who wrote and directed the script for the 1983 film A Christmas Story.
He majored in philosophy at Catawba College and played quarterback at Hillsdale College in Michigan after winning a football scholarship.
He was nominated twice for a Razzie Award in the Worst Director category for the films Rhinestone and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.
He had a son named Michael before divorcing his wife.
He and Woody Allen were contemporaries.