Creator of cult 50s horror films Giant From the Unknown and She Demons.
He learned filmmaking by editing reels and news footage for the US Army Air Corps during World War II.
His movies became popular among sci-fi and horror aficionados even if they were critically panned.
His father Albert "Sonny" Cunha popularized Hawaii's hapa haole music.
His low-budget B-movies helped make such actresses as Julie Stain popular. Stain was among the foremost B-movie queens or scream queens of her time.