Director of the 1998 film The Accused, which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival.
His career began as a child actor in a Broadway production of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.
His 1979 film Over the Edge was not commercially successful upon release but became a cult classic and was acknowledged by many as one of his best films.
His father was film composer Sol Kaplan and his mother was actress Frances Heflin.
His film The Accused earned Jodie Foster her first Academy Award for Best Actress.