Director of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996), and The Patriot (2000).
He originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director after watching the original Star Wars.
He directed his first feature, The Noah's Ark Principle, in 1984.
He is openly gay and a campaigner for the LGBT community.
He directed Will Smith in 1996's Independence Day.