Moved to Ireland with family at six months old
Moved with family to Sheffield, England
Evacuated to the countryside during WWII
Acted in as many as five amateur theater companies
Worked as a stage manager for the Sheffield Repertory Company
Acted with the Youth Acting Centre at Sheffield Playhouse
West End (London) stage debut, played Rev. William Weightman in "The Brontes"
Feature acting debut, played the bit part of a RAF Police Sergeant in "The Dam Busters"
Appeared in West End productions of "Serious Charge" and "Moby Dick"; played Starbuck in the latter, directed by Orson Welles
Signed contract with the Rank Organization; appeared in bit parts and came to specialize in heavies
Early TV appearance, "The Hanging of Alfred Wadham," an episode of the British anthology series "Rendezvous"
First substantial film role, playing the sadistic trucker Red in "Hell Drivers"
Enjoyed his greatest stage success in the title role of an acclaimed production of Ibsen's "Brand" as an uncompromising pastor
Starred in the British television series "Danger Man"; also directed episodes; aired on CBS in the US
Early film lead, playing a scheming drummer in "All Night Long"
Starred in a revival of "Danger Man" (expanded to an hour); rebroadcast in the US as "Secret Agent"
Created, produced and starred in the British series, "The Prisoner"; also directed and scripted several episodes (sometimes under a pseudonym); aired on CBS in the US
Hollywood film debut, "Ice Station Zebra"
Directed Richie Havens in a rock-opera version of "Othello" called "Catch My Soul"
American TV directing debut, a 90-minute episode of "Columbo" (NBC); also earned an Emmy Award for guest-starring in the episode
Directed second episode of "Columbo" (NBC); also guest-starred in the episode entitled "Identity Crisis"
Starred in the short-lived series "Rafferty" (CBS) as a former army doctor who has retired and moved into private practice
Appeared in the NBC TV-movie, "The Man in the Iron Mask"; directed by Mike Newell
Appeared in David Cronenberg's sci-fi horror film, "Scanners"
Made Broadway debut in "Pack of Lies"
Directed a two-hour "Columbo" movie for ABC entitled "Agenda for Murder"; won an Emmy Award for his guest role as a powerful attorney who commits murder
Starred in Masterpiece Theatre's production of "The Best of Friends" (PBS) alongside Sir John Gielgud and Dame Wendy Hiller
Returned to features to play King Edward I in "Braveheart"
Played the father of the title character (played by Billy Zane) in the film adaptation of "The Phantom"