Began singing in barbershop and gospel quartets in his native St Mathews, KY
Stage debut at age 19 in "Wilderness Road," an outdoor historical pageant staged in Berea, KY
Performed with the Barter Theater in Virginia
Spent eight years with Arena Stage in Washington, DC
Appearance in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope"; caught attention of John Boorman
Film acting debut in Boorman's "Deliverance" alongside Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds; character involved in film's infamous rape scene
TV-movie debut in "Footsteps" (CBS)
Played the Lawyer husband of Lily Tomlin in Robert Altman's "Nashville"
Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role of Arthur Jensen in "Network"; directed by Sidney Lumet
TV series debut as title character in "Szysznyk"
Cast as Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in "Superman"
Earned an Emmy nomination for co-starring in the drama "Friendly Fire" (ABC) with Carol Burnett
Reprised the role of Otis for "Superman II"
Cast as Dennis Quaid's co-worker and potential father-in-law in "The Big Easy"
Garnered another Emmy nomination for The Family Channel's "The Long Train Home"
Portrayed the singer Josef Locke in the award-winning British film "Hear My Song"
Played Rudy Reuttiger's father in the biopic "Rudy"
Had leading role of Stanley Bolander on the NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"
Played Cap'n Andy in touring company of "Show Boat"
Earned critical plaudits for his performance in "Spring Forward"; film premiered at Toronto Film Festival
Cast as Big Daddy in London stage revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Cast in the TNT special "The Wool Cap," starring William H. Macy and Don Rickles
Co-starred in the independent film "Sweet Land"
Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in the Mike Nichols directed "Charlie Wilson's War"
Voiced the character of Lotso the bear in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson