Director who won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for 2003's The Fog of War.
He worked as a cable television salesman and then as a term-paper writer before being accepted to Princeton University.
He directed Gates of Heaven and The Thin Blue Line.
His mother, a graduate of Julliard, was a music teacher.
His documentary Gates of Heaven was chosen as one of the top ten films of all time by the late film critic Roger Ebert.