Director of the 1977 film Last Chants for a Slow Dance, listed in the book 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die.
He began making films in 1963 after being expelled from college.
He was imprisoned for over two years for refusing to cooperate with the Selective Service System in 1965 and became involved in anti-war activities shortly thereafter.
His father served in the United States military.
He and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis were both natives of Illinois.