Director and screenwriter who is best known for his work on horror films, including the 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the 1982 film Poltergeist.
He worked as a college professor and cameraman in the 1960's.
He released the long-awaited sequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1986. He also co-produced a remake of the original in 2003.
He was married to Carin Berger from 1983 to 1990. He has a son named William Tony Hooper.
His 1979 film Salem's Lot was an adaptation of the novel by Stephen King. It received three Emmy nominations.