American film director and article writer whose work included the 1990s crime dramas Poor Lieutenant and Ruler of NY. He produced his 1st splash in directing using the dark, grindhouse film The Driller Killer from 1979. He helped create an version of his film Poor Lieutenant known as The Poor Lieutenant: Slot of Contact – New Orleans. He used two daughters. He cast Christopher Walken in four of his movies, like the Funeral from 1996.