You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Exterminator’ star Robert Ginty dies

Actor wrote, directed TV shows and films

Robert Ginty, star of action films such as “The Exterminator” who also wrote, produced and directed, died of cancer Monday in Los Angeles. He was 60.

The rugged thesp was mostly known for his tough guy roles in B-movies, but in addition to writing and directing TV shows and films, he directed experimental theater productions and dabbled in painting and photography.

Ginty’s first major role were in Hal Ashby’s “Coming Home” and as recurring character on series “Baa Baa, Black Sheep.” More recently, he became a theater director, directing productions such as a Toronto rap/hip hop version of “A Clockwork Orange.”

Among his TV roles were playing Thomas Craig Anderson on “The Paper Chase,” and recurring roles on “Hawaiian Heat” and “Falcon Crest.”

After starring in “The Exterminator” in 1980, Ginty went on to star in a string of action movies such as “Gold Raiders,” “Cop Target,” “The Alchemist,” “Gold Raiders,” “The Scarab” and “Exterminator 2.” He wrote, directed and starred in “The Bounty Hunter” and then began directing for episodic television.

Ginty was nominated for a Cable Ace award on HBO series “Dream On” and directed shows including “China Beach,” “Evening Shade,” “Nash Bridges,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Charmed” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

In recent years, his career took a different direction as he worked in Canada, France, Ireland and Italy as a theater director and as an artist in residence at Harvard U.

Born in New York, he studied acting at the Actors Studio and Yale, and then begin acting in theater productions. Moving to Hollywood, Ginty began guest starring in tv shows and appeared in small roles in the films “Bound for Glory” and “Two Minute Warning.”

He is survived by his wife Michelle and son James Francis, an actor.

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • Taika Waititi Jojo Rabbit Premiere

    Why Director Taika Waititi Decided to Play Adolf Hitler in 'Jojo Rabbit'

    “Fox Searchlight blackmailed me into doing it,” Taika Waititi told Variety of playing Adolf Hilter in “Jojo Rabbit” at the film’s premiere at American Legion Post 43 on Tuesday night in Hollywood. Staying mum when asked which other actors had been on his wish list to play the role, Waititi explained why he eventually decided [...]

  • Jessica Biel Limetown Premiere

    Why 'Limetown' Star & Producer Jessica Biel Thought the Show Was Based on a True Story

    In a world of increasingly outlandish headlines, the story behind “Limetown” — in which an entire community in rural Tennessee disappears overnight — seems plausible. Even Jessica Biel, who executive produces and stars in the Facebook Watch television adaptation of the hit 2015 podcast, was initially convinced that it was real. “I just thought I [...]

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Watchmen

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Talks 'Watchmen,' 'Matrix 4': 'I'm Not Nervous At All'

    Yahya Adbul-Mateen II is facing some serious pressure. The actor is in the middle of a massive career surge, taking on roles in HBO’s “Watchmen” and the upcoming “Matrix 4” — and with those roles, the expectations of their fans.  “I have the responsibility of upholding something that was already done while also bringing in [...]

  • David Lindelof Watchmen Premiere

    'Watchmen' Creator Damon Lindelof Weighs in on Martin Scorsese's Marvel Criticisms

    Damon Lindelof disagrees with Martin Scorsese about his recent claims that Marvel movies don’t qualify as cinema. The director’s proclamation, along with the polarized critical reception of “Joker,” are the latest salvos in a long history of questioning comic book movies’ place in cinematic history. The lingering question: Can superhero fare be considered “high art?” [...]

  • Anne Hathaway Modern Love

    Anne Hathaway Talks Mental Health Awareness, Playing a Bipolar Woman on Amazon's 'Modern Love'

    In Amazon Prime’s upcoming “Modern Love,” Anne Hathaway sheds light on an important facet of living with mental health issues, playing a bipolar woman who struggles with dating. “We’re all becoming more sensitive, wiser and more cognizant of gentility, and especially emotional gentility. I think those conversations are starting to happen. And I think the desire [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content