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Born: August 25, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1953:
Spent four years in the US Air Force (dates approximate)
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Performed two seasons of regional theater in the Midwest
1962:
Screen debut, "War Hunt"; film also Robert Redford's feature debut
1963:
Early TV appearances in "Run for Doom" ("The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" NBC) and "Thunder Gap" episode of "Temple Houston" (NBC), starring Jeffrey Hunter
:
Portrayed Corky Mardis in "Gallagher", aired as nine segments of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (NBC)
1967:
TV-movie debut, "A Bell For Adano", a presentation of "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (NBC)
1970:
Breakthrough screen role as Duke Forest in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"
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Appeared in several Italian features
1974:
Reteamed with Altman for "Thieves Like Us"
1977:
Portrayed Shirley MacLaine's patient husband in "The Turning Point", directed by Herbert Ross
1979:
Played Captain Dallas in Ridley Scott's "Alien"
1983:
Portrayed Sheriff George Bannerman in "The Dead Zone"
1983:
Starred in the short-lived ABC series, "Ryan's Four"
1986:
Played Tom Cruise's commander in "Top Gun"
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Had a recurring role as businessman Evan Drake on the NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1989:
Contributed to the background atmosphere as Sally Field's husband in "Steel Magnolias"
1990:
Directorial debut "A Question About Sex", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1990:
Starred in USA Network movie, "The China Lake Murders"
1991:
Appeared in a series of Guess? Jean ads
1992:
Portrayed the fly-fishing minister patriarch in Redford's "A River Runs Through It", based on Norman MacLean's autobiographical novella
1992:
Acted the part of the reserved father lured into an affair by his daughter's high school classmate (Drew Barrymore) in "Poison Ivy"
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Starred as Sheriff Jimmy Brock in the acclaimed CBS drama series, "Picket Fences", earning an Emmy for his work during the first season
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Directed two episodes of "Picket Fences" in 1994 and 1995
1997:
Returned to features after a five-year absence in "Contact", starring Jodie Foster
1997:
Directed first feature-length movie, "Divided by Hate" (USA Network); also acted
1997:
Co-starred in the highly rated CBS TV-movie "What the Deaf Man Heard"
1998:
Made a cameo appearance as a police chief in Chris Eyre's "Smoke Signals"
1998:
Portrayed Sam Houston in TNT movie, "Two For Texas"
1998:
Has supporting role in Garry Marshall's "The Other Sister"
2000:
Inherited the Gary Cooper role in the TNT small screen remake of "High Noon"
2001:
Acted in the Texas feature "Texas Rangers"
2003:
Credited for his role in the Navy action feature "Tears of the Sun"
2004:
Starred in the miniseries "Homeland Security" and "The Grid," which is a Fox/BBC co-production
2006:
Had a recurring role as Ben Huffstodt in the Showtime drama, "Huff"
2006:
Cast as the patriarch in the ABC series, "Brothers & Sisters," who dies in the pilot episode; character is recurring in dreams and memories

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