Film director and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the film Apocalypse Now.
He attended the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. He attempted to join the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, but was rejected due to asthma.
He wrote and directed the 1984 film Red Dawn, as well as co-wrote the first two Dirty Harry films.
He married first wife Renee Fabri on January 7, 1967, second wife
He co-wrote the 1980s classic Conan the Barbarian with Oliver Stone.