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Born: November 20, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Yonkers, NY
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While a freshman at SUNY-Stony Brook, accompanied a friend to an audition for a school play; asked to try out, won the part; changed major from anthropology (pre-med) to Theater Arts
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Worked in various technical positions at theater companies in the Northeastern US
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Studied acting at Yale School of Drama
1971:
Worked as an actor and technical director for the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT
1973:
Portrayed Menelaus and Ajax off-Broadway in New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Troilus and Cressida"
1973:
Appeared in the New Haven production of "The Changing Room"
1973:
Broadway debut, "The Changing Room", played Jack Stringer, Number 4
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Seen performing on stage by TV producer-writer Norman Lear who invited him to appear on "All in the Family"
1974:
On February 2nd, made TV acting debut with guest shot on "All in the Family" (episode title: "Gloria's Boyfriend") as a mentally challenged supermarket stockboy whom Gloria befriends
1974:
Moved to Los Angeles in August
1974:
On October 12th, made guest shot on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (episode title: "The Outsider") as consultant who irks the newsroom staff with his efforts to bolster ratings
1975:
Film debut in "Whiffs"
1975:
Co-starred as the harried manager in the short-lived Lear-produced sitcom "Hot L Baltimore" on ABC
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Played recurring role of Nick Lobo, the Las Vegas musician who dates Brenda (Julie Kavner), during the second season of the sitcom "Rhoda"
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Played David Kane, the much younger boyfriend of protagonist Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin), a regular during the first season of the hit Lear-produced sitcom "One Day at a Time"
1976:
TV-movie debut, "Having Babies", an ABC medical drama
1977:
Starred in "Bumpers", a busted NBC sitcom pilot, as an assembly-line auto worker
1978:
Starred as Dr. Arthur Murdock, a zoo veterinarian, on "The Many Loves of Arthur", an unsold NBC sitcom pilot
1981:
TV miniseries debut, "John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'" on ABC
1981:
Played a child pornographer in the highly rated CBS TV-movie "Fallen Angel"
1983:
Played the supporting role of Jay Howell in the acclaimed NBC docudrama "Adam" about missing children; reprised the role for the 1986 sequel "Adam: His Song Continues"
1984:
Co-starred in "Empire", a short-lived broadly played satire of corporate in-fighting spoof on CBS, played an incompetent sales vice president (ran one month)
1984:
Garnered an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actor playing Farrah Fawcett's defense attorney in the acclaimed telefilm "The Burning Bed"
1986:
Co-starred as Mr. Carlton Davis, the head of a joke-playing family in "Mr. Boogedy", an unsold hour-long pilot aired as part of ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"; reprised role for a two-hour 1987 TV-movie sequel, "Bride of Boogedy", also aired on "Disney Sunday Movie"
1986:
Film directing debut, helmed Oscar-nominated live-action short, "Love Struck", produced by wife Fredda Weiss and starring Judge Reinhold
1987:
Directed an episode of the Jay Tarses-produced sitcom "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"
1989:
Directed a well-received installment of the "ABC Afternoon Specials" entitled "Torn Between Two Fathers"; nominated for a DGA award for his direction (Dramatic Series, Daytime)
1991:
Helmed two episodes of "The Wonder Years", the popular nostalgic ABC sitcom
1993:
Appeared in three consecutive episodes of the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law" as 1960s activist-turned-fugitive Barry Glassman (aka Jay Ellison)
1993:
Elected third vice-president of Screen Actors Guild
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Played the occasional recurring role of Ed Lawson, an unpleasant postal worker who eventually becomes mayor before meeting an unfortunate fate on the quirky CBS drama "Picket Fences"
1995:
Directed an episode of "Picket Fences"
1995:
Elected president of SAG
1996:
As SAG president, worked on the merger plan between his guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); put the guild on record as opposing the California Civil Rights Initiative (an anti-affirmative action measure); the initiative was subsequently voted in
1997:
Re-elected to second term as SAG president

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