Award-nominated screenwriter most recognized for 2001's Varian's War.
He was a bad kid and troublemaker growing up, and was enlisted in the Canadian army to instill discipline.
His film, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1977.
He was raised in Hackney, London.
He has been close friends with actress/humanitarian Marlo Thomas for years.