American actor and producer who became known for his appearances in Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and the popular comedy, My Stepmother is an Alien.
He received a PhD. from Northwestern University and worked as the Artistic Director of the Court Theatre in Chicago, where he also directed films.
As a producer, he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, the first for the 1997 film, Miss Evers' Boys and the second for the 1999 film, A Lesson Before Dying.
He married Joan M. Howe in 1966 and they had two children.
In 1998, he produced Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within, which starred Timothy Hutton.