Born in Blue Island, IL (Chicago's south side); raised in Highland Park, IL
Professional stage debut, "The Physicist" at age 17
At age 18, co-founded (with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry) Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre at a church in Highland Park
Appeared in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" at Steppenwolf
Moved to Los Angeles
Made TV debut as an extra in disco scenes on the ABC daytime serial "General Hospital" (date approx.)
Primetime debut, had a two-line role on CBS drama "Knots Landing"
Returned to Chicago and began appearing in Steppenwolf productions
Early stage directing credit, "Waiting for the Parade" at Steppenwolf
Co-starred in Steppenwolf staging of "Loose Ends"
Directed Steppenwolf production of "True West" by Sam Shepard; production moved off-Broadway in NYC; also played role of Austin
First notable TV work, recreating stage role in "True West" opposite John Malkovich for a presentation of PBS' "American Playhouse"
First network TV-movie, "Family Secrets" (NBC); appeared as a motorcyclist
Appeared in "Balm in Gilead" off-Broadway; production directed by Malkovich
Acted with wife Moira Harris on an episode of "Crime Story" (NBC)
TV directorial debut with a two-part episode of "Crime Story"
Starred in the Steppenwolf production of "The Grapes of Wrath," which toured New York, London, Chicago and La Jolla; received Tony Award nomination for Broadway production; reprised role in a 1991 PBS production
Feature directorial debut with "Miles From Home"
Helmed two episodes of "thirtysomething" (ABC)
Directed "The Always Goodbye" episode of the ABC drama "China Beach"
Made feature acting debut in "A Midnight Clear"
Debut as a producer with "Of Mice and Men"; also directed and played first leading film role as George
Landed lead role in the ABC miniseries version of Stephen King's "The Stand"
Co-starred as the paraplegic Lieutenant Dan Taylor opposite Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump"; received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
Portrayed astronaut Ken Mattingly in "Apollo 13"; first collaboration with director Ron Howard
Won praise for portrayal of U.S. President Harry Truman in the HBO biopic "Truman"
Cast as a police detective investigating a kidnapping in "Ransom," directed by Howard
Broadway debut as co-producer and director, "Buried Child"; received Tony nomination as Director of a Play
Garnered an Emmy Award for portrayal of the Alabama governor in TNT's "George Wallace"
Starred as Stanley in the 50th Anniversary production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Steppenwolf Theatre
Formed band The Bonsoir Boys; played bass and sang
Appeared in the Brian De Palma-directed thriller "Snake Eyes"
Teamed with fellow Steppenwolf actor Terry Kinney in the Showtime remake of "That Championship Season," co-starring and directed by Paul Sorvino
Made cameo appearance opposite Tom Hanks in "The Green Mile"; cast as the lawyer hired to defend John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan)
Undertook villainous role in the Frankenheimer-directed "Reindeer Games"
Returned to outer space as an astronaut leading a "Mission to Mars," helmed by De Palma
Starred as Randle P. McMurphy in Steppenwolf revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; production originated in Chicago before moving to London
Recreated role of McMurphy in Broadway revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; earned Tony nomination
Starred in the sci-fi tilm "Impostor"; originally intended as one of three short films to be released under the title "Alien Love Story," movie was re-worked into a feature; also co-produced with director Gary Fleder
Portrayed a novelist opposite Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman in "The Human Stain"
Played wealthy developer Ray Ritchie in "The Big Bounce" opposite Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman
Cast in starring role on "CSI: NY" (CBS) as a crime-scene investigator; first foray into series television
Played a psychiatrist opposite Julianne Moore in the thriller "The Forgotten"
Voiced a paranoid über-hunter in the animated comedy "Open Season"
Guest starred as his "CSI: NY" character on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS)
Narrated The History Channel's "Missions That Changed the War"