TV director and actor best known for his award-winning direction of series like The Sopranos and The Wire. As an actor, he is famous for roles like that of Salami on the drama series The White Shadow.
He graduated from Massapequa High School in 1977.
He won the Writers Guild Award and the Edgar Award for his work on the Sopranos episode "Pine Barrens" in 2001.
His half-brother is Eight is Enough actor Dick van Patten.
He directed the late James Gandolfini in The Sopranos.