Director Theodore J. Flicker was best known for his sophomore feature The President's Analyst (1967), a razor-sharp political satire. He made his directorial debut in 1964 with Troublemaker, an independently-produced, largely improvisational comedy based on the humor of the Greenwich Village-based improv troupe, "The Premise." In between the two, he penned the screenplay for the Elvis Presley vehicle Spinout (1966). In 1970, Flicker won considerable critical acclaim for another satire, Three in the Cellar. In 1974, he co-created (and wrote the pilot episode) for Barney Miller. He went on to make television movies and the occasional feature. He appeared as an actor in his directorial debut and in the ill-starred Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) in which he played Buffalo Bill Cody. Flicker retired from show business in the mid-1980s, moved to New Mexico and began a second career as a sculptor. He died in 2014, at age 84.