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