Director of cult classics of the 1960s and 1970s like Two-Lane Blacktop and The Shooting.
He was mentored early on by legendary producer Roger Corman who produced several of his early films.
He shot extra footage for the TV version of the Sergio Leone western A Fistful of Dollars.
He was previously married to the late actress Barboura Morris.
He was an executive producer on Reservoir Dogs, the debut film by Quentin Tarantino.