Director of commercially and critically successful comedies My Cousin Vinny and Nuns on the Run.
He appeared with the Cambridge University Footlights Club revue Cambridge Circus on Broadway and on The Ed Sullivan Show.
He played Motel the Tailor in the original West End production of Fiddler on the Roof.
He married psychotherapist Rita Eleanora Merkelis in 1967.
His acclaimed 1992 comedy My Cousin Vinny earned Marisa Tomei an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.