Raised in Missouri and Arkansas
Worked in as a tree topper in the lumber industry after high school
Served in the US Army, specialized in parachute testing
Moved to Southern California, became part owner of tree service
Debut as stuntman in "The Spirit of St. Louis"
Worked as stunt double for Richard Boone on "Have Gun, Will Travel"
Was stunt double on the TV series "Riverboat", starring Burt Reynolds
Worked on the stunts for "How the West Was Won"
Acting debut in "McLintock!"
Was stunt coordinator for several film directed by Andrew V McLaglen in the 1960s
TV acting debut, "The Bounty Man" (ABC)
Did second unit work on "The Longest Yard", starring Burt Reynolds
Was second unit director on Reynolds' "Gator"
Feature directorial debut, "Smokey and the Bandit", starring Reynolds; also received a stroy credit
Directed the semi-autobiographical "Hooper"
Helmed the cartoonish but enjoyable "The Villain"
Acted in and directed the CBS TV-movie "Death Car on the Freeway"
Directed the sequel "Somkey and the Bandit II"
Screenwriting debut "Megaforce", also directed
Directed last film to date "Body Slam"
Helmed episodes of the ABC series "B.L. Stryker", starring Reynolds
Was executive producer and director of several TV-movies featuring the Bandit character (now played by Brian Bloom)
Served as stunt coordinator for Michael Cimino's "Sunchaser"