He played the role of Lance Rocke in the cult classic film, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. In 1998, he wrote the script for The White Raven.
He hosted a beach-party show and later had his own talk show on Los Angeles TV.
He transitioned into a writing career, publishing two novels in 1982.
He had three daughters across four marriages.
He wrote the screenplay for Turner & Hooch, which starred Tom Hanks.