Raised in Gary, Indiana
After graduating high school, worked in steel mills for three years before attending drama school in Chicago
Stage debut in "Golden Boy"
Worked frequently on radio dramas
Appeared on Broadway in "How to Get Tough About It" and "Missouri Legend"
Film debut, "They Knew What They Wanted"
Was a member of the ensemble of "Winged Victory," produced on Broadway; reprised role in film adaptation
Breakthrough stage role in original cast of Arthur Miller's drama, "All My Sons," directed by Elia Kazan
Co-starred as Mitch, the man who courts Blanche DuBois, in Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," staged by Kazan
Early TV credits include "Little Women" (CBS)
Reprised role of Mitch in the Kazan-directed feature version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; won Supporting Actor Oscar
Acted on stage in "Peer Gynt"
Co-starred in the thriller, "I Confess," helmed by Alfred Hitchcock
Earned second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the dockside priest in Kazan's "On the Waterfront"
Returned to Broadway in "Desperate Hours"
Reunited with Kazan and Tennessee Williams for the feature film "Baby Doll"
Made last stage appearance to date in "The Egghead"
Directed feature, "Time Limit"
Cast as baseball player Jimmy Piersall's father in the biopic, "Fear Strikes Out"
Co-starred in the Disney feature, "Pollyanna"
Acted in Marlon Brando's directorial debut, "One-Eyed Jacks"
Had banner year with four strong performances: as Warren Beatty's father in the drama "All Fall Down"; the prison warden in "Birdman of Alcatraz"; the patriarch of a pioneer family in "How the West Was Won"; and as the suitor to Madame Rose in "Gypsy"
Co-starred in "The Cincinnati Kid"
Acted opposite Michael Caine (as Harry Palmer) in the Ken Russell-directed "Billion Dollar Brain"
Portrayed General Omar Bradley to George C. Scott's "Patton"
Starred as Lieutenant Mike Stone on the ABC crime drama, "The Streets of San Francisco"; garnered four consecutive Emmy nominations as Lead Actor in a Drama Series from 1974 to 1977
Served as spokesman for American Express in memorable series of commercials, spouting tagline "Don't leave home without it"
Starred in the small screen remake of "Captains Courageous" (ABC)
Had featured roles in two disaster-themed features, "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" and "Meteor"
Starred in short-lived series "Skag" (NBC)
Portrayed US Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in the ABC movie, "Miracle on Ice"
Offered memorable, Emmy-winning turn as a man who slowly comes to suspect his daughter was murdered by her husband in the based-on-fact NBC miniseries, "Fatal Vision"
Appeared as the Walrus in an all-star CBS version of "Alice in Wonderland"
Hosted and narrated a pair of NBC specials, "Unsolved Mysteries"
Made last feature film appearance in courtroom drama, "Nuts"
Cast as Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., whose decision to authorize the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam has repercussions on his family in the fact-based CBS drama, "My Father, My Son"
Portrayed wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer who was murdered by terrorists in "The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro" (NBC)
Co-starred in the ABC movie "Call Me Anna," based on actress Patty Duke's autobiography
Reprised his signature TV role of policeman Mike Stone in "Back to the Streets of San Francisco" (NBC)
Portrayed a bus driver who fought to save himself and a group of school children who were kidnapped and buried alive in the true story "They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping Story" (ABC)
Made guest appearance as a priest on NBC's acclaimed "The West Wing"