Began his directing career in Canadian television, then branched out to direct theatrical features.
Was offered a chance to direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) but didn't take the job because shooting was going to start in couple of weeks not allowing enough time to prep the ambitious effects. Newline hired another director and delayed the start date by several months.
Spends his time in Toronto, Ontario and Los Angeles, California.
Father of Alex Takacs, music video director of production team Young Replicant.