Died February 3, 2012. Born May 23, 1942.
American film director, writer, actor and producer. His films are known for incorporating sexuality, and are often categorized as erotica.
As a young man in 1964 King played a gang member in "Memo from Purgatory", an episode of the television series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour written by Harlan Ellison and featuring actors James Caan and Walter Koenig. In 1967 he played the outlaw Muley in "Muley", an episode of the TV show Gunsmoke. King played "The Man" in the 3rd episode of the first season of Adam-12. His character was an apparent drug addict who kidnaps an infant at gunpoint and Officer Malloy disarms him by some reverse psychology.
From September 1970 until May 1971, King played attorney Aaron Silverman on the drama The Young Lawyers, broadcast on the ABC television network. King later contributed a unique delivery to Trip with the Teacher (1975), portraying the psychopathic Al, a narcoleptic murdering motorbiker. He appeared in Lee Grant's directorial debut feature film Tell Me a Riddle.
King directed several films, including Two Moon Junction (1988), Wild Orchid (1990), and Red Shoe Diaries (1992), which became a long-running television series for Showtime network that spawned many sequels.
He is perhaps best known for his collaboration with director Adrian Lyne on the film 9½ Weeks which starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. He produced (and usually directed) the television series and film ChromiumBlue.com and Showtime series Body Language. Other work as director includes the 1995 film Delta of Venus based on the book by Anaïs Nin and starring Audie England as an American woman living in Paris in 1939.
King died on February 3, 2012 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.