Philip Marshak, a director known for his work on numerous horror and X-rated films of the 1970s and ‘80s, died Thursday, July 24 in Los Angeles after a battle with diabetes and leukemia. He was 80.

Born in the Bronx, NY, Marshak worked as an electrician with his father after serving in the Navy during the Korean War. He grew to be a striving entrepreneur, operating numerous small businesses throughout his life. Marshak opened one of the first gay bars in Los Angeles, Georgie Girl.

He studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre in New York before moving to Los Angeles with his wife, Pamela, to work towards his dream of being a filmmaker. He would create his first short film, “Reuben’s Revenge,” while attending film school in Los Angeles. His first feature film, “Potluck,” was shot guerilla-style in New York without permits.

Marshak would go on to direct several low-budget adult horror films such as “Dante’s Inferno,” “Dracula Sucks,” “Cataclysm” and a segment of “Night Train to Terror,” some of which went on to become cult classics.

He is survived by Pamela, his wife of 50 years, two siblings, Norman and Judith, three children, Darryl, Shane and Tracy, and six grandchildren.