Michigan State University
Westbury High School
Wrote the screenplay for "Il pianto della statua"
Published first novel, "Big Jane", in France
"Sunchaser", starring Woody Harrelson, shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; given limited release before heading to video
Directed and produced the remake of the crime suspense drama "Desperate Hours"
Bombed with "The Sicilian"; director's cut, though thirty minutes longer, was considered somewhat more coherent but was also a box-office failure
Directed "Year of the Dragon" which drew wildly different critical reviews; also co-wrote screenplay with Oliver Stone
"Heaven's Gate", budgeted at $12 million and made for $38 million, was a colossal failure leading to the collapse of United Artists
Scored biggest success with "The Deer Hunter"; wrote, produced and directed; won Oscars as Best Picture and Best Director
Feature directing debut (also screenwriter), "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", starring Eastwood and Jeff Bridges
Shared screen credit with John Milius on "Magnum Force", starring Clint Eastwood
Relocated from NYC to L.A. to pursue film career
Feature screenwriting debut, "Silent Running", shared screen credit with Deric Washburn and Steven Bochco
Was raised in Old Westbury, Long Island, New York.
Was considered a prodigy at his private schools, but was a rebellious teenager, frequently getting into trouble with the law.
Served six months in the U.S. Army.