Actor, director, and screenwriter Jesse Vint started his career with walk-on parts in big-budget pictures like "Little Big Man," "Silent Running," and "Chinatown" before earning his first starring role in the surprise 1974 box-office hit "Macon County Line." A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vint embarked on an acting career in 1969, auditioning, alongside his brother Alan, for a coveted spot at Actors Studio West. After five years of honing his skills at the studio school, Vint began auditioning for major roles in Hollywood. When his big break didn't arrive, Vint teamed up with former star of "The Beverly Hillbillies" Max Baer Jr., who was then struggling to reinvent himself as a screenwriter-producer. Vint appeared in Baer's low-budget action drama "Macon County Line." Before long, Vint took his own turn behind the lens: writing, directing, and starring in the homespun 1977 action film "Black Oak Conspiracy" and re-teaming with Baer (this time in the director's chair) as writer on the 1979 comedy "Hometown USA."