Director of popular comedies such as Heathers, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and The Truth About Cats & Dogs.
His first job in the film industry was answering phones at Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope film company.
He made the transition to TV, directing acclaimed dark comedies like The Larry Sanders Show and Californication.
He married Holland Sutton.
He directed Winona Ryder in what proved to be her breakout role in 1988's Heathers.