Screenwriter remembered for his work on the films Big Bad Mama, Brannigan, and The Scalphunters. He also wrote for The Big Valley, a television series that aired in the 1960s, and penned such Burt Reynolds pictures as Gator and White Lightning.
He served in Europe during World War II.
While living in Europe, he was arrested for providing members of the Irish National Liberation Army with American-bought weapons.
He was raised in Utah and California by rancher parents.
Actress Angie Dickinson starred in his film Big Bad Mama.