The man smiling at the camera is my father. I'm the one waiting for the show to start. This was my first TV, and I'd like to think my dad knew that he was planting the seeds of  a lifelong fascination and a rewarding career.

35 years later, working with my gifted younger brother Chris,  I got my first directing assignment--a commercial for the Golden Nugget Casino and the first actor I ever directed was Frank Sinatra. My father and I were both impressed, although it may not be accurate to say that I directed Mr. Sinatra. He told me that he would do what he wanted to do, and that I shouldn't ask him to do it more than twice. I nodded amiably.  It was a short day and a good spot.

I've directed a lot of commercials since then and more than 100 hours of episodic television, 30 different series in almost as many genres. I'm blessed to have worked with gifted writers, talented producers and crews, and I've had the opportunity to actually direct many wonderful actors.

A partial list: Jennifer Lawrence, Clark Gregg, Richard Dreyfus, Donald Sutherland, Geena Davis, Patricia Arquette, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Keith Carradine, Blake Lively, Elizabeth Moss, Patton Oswalt, Ming-Na Wen, Eric Roberts, Ellen Burstyn, Amy Acker, Karen Allen, Samantha Eggar, Sam Waterston, Paul Sorvino , Lucy Liu, Peter Riegert, Jerry Orbach, Billy Campbell, Ann-Margaret, Angelica Huston, Brad Whitford, John Spencer, Justin Theroux, Anson Mount, David Morse, Tippi Hedrin, Treat Williams, Rob Lowe, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Louise Parker, Joe Pantoliano, Terrence Howard, Jane Lynch, Mia Farrow, Elizabeth Hurley, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Lily Tomlin, Alfred Molina, John Slattery, Chris Noth, Chi Mcbride, Johnny Lee Miller, Julie Bowen, Kelly Preston, James Rebhorn, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Benjamin Bratt, Giancarlo Esposito, Justin Long, Andre Braugher, Titus Welliver, Allison Janney, Macy Gray, Leighton Meester, Peter Macnicol, Peter Coyote, Jill Hennesey, Jane Krakowski, Debrah Farentino, Victor Garber, Kathy Baker, Ed O'Neil, John Amos, Tyne Daly, Mark Feuerstein, Natasha Henstridge, Rachel Ticotin, Portia de Rossi, Kelly Ripa, Joel Gretch, Peggy Lipton, Eric Close, Anna Deavere Smith, Callista Flockart, Margaret Colin, Tim Matheson, Stockard Channing, John Hannah, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gary Cole, Tom Cavanaugh, Wyclef Jean, Joanna Gleason, Amy Brenneman, Mary Beth Hurt, Saul Rubinek, Dennis Haysbert, CCH Pounder, Danielle Panabaker, Katy Sackoff...

I'm currently serving as a vice president of the Directors Guild of America.