Bachelor of Science in Speech, Northwestern University, 1955. Master of Arts in Cinema, University Southern California, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1967.
Instructor Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1959-1963. Lecturer Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1963-1965. Assistant professor Ohio State University, Columbus, 1965-1968, associate professor, 1968-1969.
Professor New York University, New York City, 1969-1979, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1972-1974, University North Texas, Denton, 1979—2004, professor emeritus, since 2004.
The diversity inside the Church should be respected and supported. Open debate within the Church on certain political and social issues should be encouraged.
Member Greater Denton Arts Council, since 1980, Denton Community Theatre, since 1980. Board directors National Museum Communications, Irving, Texas, 1983-1993. Juror film festivals, since 1969.
Member advisory board Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Philadelphia, since 1979. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1955-1957. Member Screen Actors Guild, Society for Cinema Studies (president 1974-1975), University Film and Video Association (president 1975-1977, life member), International Congress of Schools of Film and television (vice president 1982-1986), University Film and Video Foundation (trustee emeritus), Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club (board directors 1995-1998).
Married Diane Staunton, June 2, 1956 (divorced July 1980). Children: Douglas Arthur, Daniel Charles. Married Kristen Petersen, November 26, 1982.
Stepchildren: Julia Lynn Smith, Susan Smith Milner.