He won numerous awards for his first -- and most successful -- film, Transamerica, including the GLAAD Media Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
He used to love painting before beginning his screenwriting career.
Though just a hobby, some of his artwork has appeared in galleries throughout New York City.
He was born in Arizona.
Actress Felicity Huffman was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for his film, Transamerica.