Born in New York, rugged, virile, hard-looking action star Robert Ginty initially sought a career in music, becoming involved in several rock bands from age 16 on. During this stage he actually got to play and hang out with several rock legends, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and John Lee Hooker. In the 1970s, however, he switched gears and gave acting a try.
Trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio for a time, he eventually found himself thriving in the regional theater circuit. Harold Prince brought him to Broadway as his assistant after seeing him perform William Shakespeare's works in New Hampshire. Eventually Hollywood beckoned and Ginty journeyed to the western shore, where he found frequent work as a strong-armed player on TV action.
Ginty formed his own production company that distributed his vehicles. Most were crudely made on very limited budgets, but he has nevertheless done quite well for himself as a writer/producer/director.
Married three times, Robert Ginty died of cancer at age 60 and was survived by third wife Michelle and two children: Marissa (by actress Lorna Patterson) and James Francis Ginty (by wife Francine Tacker).