Actor known for his roles in independent films like the 1986 cult classic Blue Velvet. He was also a respected writer who once served as the literary critic for Time magazine.
He joined the U.S. Army in the 50's and later became part of the north-east poetry scene.
He lived in the same Manhattan apartment for more than fifty years.
He was raised with a younger brother.
He played the father of Laura Dern's character in the surreal drama Blue Velvet.