Director of films such as The Late Show, Places in the Heart, and Kramer vs. Kramer, the latter earning him an Oscar for Best Director.
He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University.
He directed the 2003 film The Human Stain starring Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins. It was based on the 2000 novel by Philip Roth.
He dated Gloria Steinem in the 1960s.
He had a longtime friendship with Liz Smith.