Emmy Award-winning actor and director best known for his directing work on the ABC television series Barney Miller.
He began acting as a part of WCAU-TV's live Western series Action in the Afternoon in Philadelphia.
He was referenced in the popular television cartoon The Smurfs through the character of a gnome named Mr. Pitlik.
He was married to Susan Whittaker from 1986 until his death in 1999.
He once appeared on The Andy Griffith Show.