Born in Sweden, he emigrated to the US by himself at seventeen and began serving his new country with six years in the U.S. Marines. Following an honorable discharge, he headed to New York to pursue a Ph.D. in meta-physics.
Now an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and actor, he has worked with over one hundred Academy Award winners and/or nominees.
His writing, producing and directing credits include Dennis Hopper’s final film — as well as directing Alexander Skarsgård in “Moomins and the Comet Chase”, David Carradine in "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" for Warner Bros., and Mickey Rooney in “He Ain’t Heavy”.
His novel “A Dream of America” is on Amazon’s list of “Preferred Reads”.
He was Chairman and CEO of Motion Picture Group of America from 1985 to 2005.
He is the Founder and CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment, a Hollywood production company since 1975, and Founder and CEO of CanAm Film Corp., a British Columbia corporation since 1992.
A member of the Oscar Academy since 1985, he serves on several Academy committees, including the nominating committee for Best Foreign Language Film.
He also serves on the Screen Actors Guild Awards Motion Picture Nominating Committee.
He has competed in Olympic Trials and World Championships in various sports, is a fifth-degree black belt in judo, is a USA Judo National and Olympic coach, and was in 2009 inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Honors for his acting work include: the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Golden Scroll Award; the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for "Inglourious Basterds"; the Italian Institute of Art Award of Merit; Lifetime Achievement Awards from Action On Film, the Movieville International Film Festival, and The Reel Cowboys Hall of Fame; nominations for Outstanding Work as an Actor by the NAACP's Image Award; and the Hollywood Women’s Press Club's Golden Apple.
“Made For Each Other”, a film that he wrote, produced and directed starring Dennis Hopper, won the Award of Excellence at the Accolade Global Film Competition and was nominated at numerous other festivals.