Raised in Queens, NY; father, a newsstand owner; mother, a homemaker; married Ellie (an interior decorator); children: Christopher (an actor and screenwriter), Matthew. Education: Ithaca College, degree in television and film, 1969; William Paterson University, M.A., communication arts, 1972.
Addresses: Agent— United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
Career: Director, producer, and writer. Worked for an advertising agency in New York City; formed his own commercial production company. Military service: Served two years in the U.S. Army.
Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nominations, outstanding drama series (with others), 1996, 1997, 1998, for Chicago Hope; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing for a comedy series, 2000, and Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement, 2001, for Ally McBeal; Addy, Clio, and Telly awards, for directing commercials.
Television Director; Episodic:
Northern Exposure, CBS, 1991, 1993–1994.
Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, 1991–1992.
"Forgiveness," Law & Order, NBC, 1992.
"Baby Makes Five," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1992.
Picket Fences, CBS, 1992–1994.
"Back in the High Life Again," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1993.
"So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1993.
"The Right Stuff," Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.
"Goodnight, Irene," Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.
"Jake's Brother," Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman ), ABC, 1993–1995.
Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995–2000.
"Performance Anxiety," Get Real, Fox, 1999.
The West Wing, NBC, 1999—.
Ally McBeal, Fox, 2000–2002.
"Soldier Boy," American Dreams, NBC, 2002.
Queens Supreme, CBS, 2003.
"Hand of God," Miracles, ABC, 2003.
Also directed episodes of Civil Wars, Courthouse, and Reasonable Doubts, NBC.
Television Work; Episodic:
Co–executive producer and executive producer, Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996—.
Executive producer, Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997–1998, 2000—.
Also producer of episodes of Courthouse, CBS.
Television Director; Movies:
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, CBS, 1995.
In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy (also known as After Laurette ), Fox, 1995.
Television Director; Pilots:
Time Well Spent, ABC, 1995.
The Tomorrow Man, 1996.
111 Gramercy Park, ABC, 2003.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Chorus line producer, "What I'll Never Do for Love Again," Ally McBeal, 2002.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Calista Flockhart (documentary), Lifetime, 2001.
Producer and director, The Feud, Castle Hill, 1989.
Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.
(And co–creator) Judging Amy (pilot), CBS, 1999.
The Feud, Castle Hill, 1989.