Director, star, and screenwriter of the cult 2003 B-film The Room, which has been called one of the worst movies ever made. The film attracts sold out crowds at midnight showings around the United States.
He trained at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and the American Conservatory Theater.
He directed the 2004 documentary Homeless in America.
Originally from Europe, he grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and later lived in San Francisco, California.
He cited Marlon Brando as one of his biggest cinematic influences.