Prolific screenwriter and producer, who is best known for penning the film Red Dawn.
He was discovered by director Francis Ford Coppola during a talent search that spanned the nation.
As significant as his contributions to film were as an actor, his screenwriting credits are vast, including the sequel to War of the Worlds and Day of the Living.
He was born in Powell, Wyoming.
He worked on The Outsiders, which starred actor Patrick Swayze.