He then went back to television with another supporting part in The Paper Chase, but it was his starring role as the flame throwing vigilante in the low budget action hit of 1980, The Exterminator, that really set the tone for the rest of his career.
That movie made Robert Ginty an action star of ultra low budget features and straight-to-video fare like Mission Kill, Code Name Vengeance and The Exterminator 2, just to name a few. And even if most of the world didn't know his name, the grind house crowd did. In fact, I believe that without The Exterminator, there would have been no Rambo movies, as Robert Ginty was killing quantities of bad guys two years before Sylvester Stallone was.
Robert Ginty died in 2009 and is mostly forgotten today. His legacy is of a low budget action star, but he was a good actor and with the right opportunities his contributions to the world of movies and television just might have put him on the Hollywood A-list.