Moved to Manhattan with mother after death of father
Organized group, "Bruno Lynch and His Imperial Jazz Band", with which he performed as a banjo player and singer throughout high school and while attending Columbia
Worked as janitor and usher at Circle in the Square Theater, New York; understudied in "La Ronde" but never went on
Stage acting debut (with Peter Falk) in Moliere's "Don Juan" at NYC's Downtown Theatre; closed after one night
Appeared in legendary Circle in the Square stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", which launched the career of Jason Robards Jr.
Drafted into the USA Army
After military service, landed a role in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Antony and Cleopatra" and the Off-Broadway revival of Jerome Kern's "Leave It to Jane"; also formed a nightclub singing act with Patricia Scott
First association with Buck Henry, "The Premise", an Off-Broadway improvisational revue in the style of Chicago's Second City troupe; left to perform in Paddy Chayevsky's "Gideon" on Broadway in 1961
Screen debut in "The Young Doctors"
Signed non-exclusive, long-term contract with Columbia Pictures
Reteamed with Robards in "Act One", film adaptation of Moss Hart's autobiography; had small role as Lester Sweyd
Acted in "Man Without a Skin" episode of "Naked City" (ABC)
Returned to Broadway in "Rattle of a Simple Man"
First significant film role in "Invitation to a Gunfighter", produced by Stanley Kramer
Appeared in NYC stage production of "The Knack", directed by Mike Nichols
Drew attention as a distraught newlywed in Kramer's superb "Ship of Fools"
First starring film role, "King Rat"
Played Biff to Lee J. Cobb's Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (CBS)
Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor as the ambitious young professor in the Nichols-directed "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", adapted by Ernest Lehman from Edward Albee's play
Portrayed American secret agent investigating neo-Nazi group in "The Quiller Memorandum", a unique spy pic scripted by playwright Harold Pinter from a novel by Elleston Trevor
First collaborations with director Ted Kotcheff, the ABC TV productions of "The Desperate Hours" (1967) and "Of Mice and Men" (1968)
Reunited with Robards in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
Portrayed one of four Jewish intellectuals on their way to a friend's funeral in Sidney Lumet's "Bye Bye Braverman"
Was the cop on the trail of a flamboyent ladykiller (Rod Steiger) in "No Way to Treat a Lady"; received BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Starred opposite Barbra Streisand in "The Owl and the Pussycat", adapted by Buck Henry from Bill Manoff's play
Starred in the cult classic "Where's Poppa?", directed by Carl Reiner
Played married man who embarks on an affair but falls in love with Glenda Jackson in "A Touch of Class"; Jackson took home her second Best Actress Oscar for her efforts
Portrayed the titular Stephen Blume in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love"
Essayed Sam Spade Jr in "The Black Bird", an atrocious takeoff on "The Maltese Falcon"; also executive produced
First feature with director Ted Kotcheff, "Fun with Dick and Jane"
Headlined Kotcheff's "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"
Withdrew from the lead in Blake Edwards' "10"; sued by Edwards for breach of contract; paid the director a reported $270,000 to settle case
Reunited with Glenda Jackson for "Lost and Found"
Played a snowbound salesman in HBO's "The Deadly Game"
Starred as dogged NYC detective John Grafton in "Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer" (CBS)
Spoofed the Sherwood Forest legend in "The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood" (CBS)
Returned to Broadway as John Lithgow's greedy fight manager in the short-lived "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
TV series debut as regular, "Take Five" (CBS)
Returned to series TV as disheviled insurance investigator Daedelus Patrick Murphy in "Murphy's Law" (ABC)
Portrayed Albert opposite Kirstie Alley in "Look Who's Talking"
Delivered funny, fluid performance as the liberal Jewish headwriter for Eddie Sparks (James Caan) in "For the Boys"
Reprised Albert for "Look Who's Talking Now"
Played Ann-Marget's love interest in the NBC movie "Following Her Heart"
Returned to regular TV series work in syndicated "High Tide", playing whiny retired CIA agent who employs two brothers (Rick Springfield and Yannick Bisson) in his Los Angleles-based detective agency
Provided voice of Dr. Benton Quest for animated "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest", airing simultaneously on TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network
With Mary Tyler Moore made a great neurotic Jewish couple in the hit comedy "Flirting With Disaster"; first association with Tea Leoni
Reteamed with Streisand (who directed as well as starred) for "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
Portrayed recurring character of Nora's father on the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth", starring Tea Leoni as Nora and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife
Starred as magazine publisher-owner Jack Gallo in the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me"
Played Harry Houdini's manager Martin Beck in the TNT original presentation "Houdini"
Starred opposite Buck Henry and Wayne Knight in Broadway's long-running, Tony-winning "Art"; the three had previously been in the cast of 1994's "To Die For" (which Henry also scripted) but had no scenes together
Made London stage debut in "Art", alongside Paul Freeman and Richard Griffiths
Co-starred with Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in "Heights" a drama following five New Yorkers over a 24-hour period