English director of the popular 1970s and 1980s films Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and Short Circuit.
He was born in England but was raised in Birmingham, Alabama, becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1970.
His cult classic 1983 film WarGames played on the general public's paranoia surrounding the Cold War and the threat of a nuclear attack.
His father Henry was a U.S. Army General.
His major breakthrough came in 1977 with Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta in a star-making role.