At age 16, trained to be a dance instructor; fired for being underage
Sang at charity balls and on the Catskills circuit as "The Romantic Voice of Val Sorvino" at age 23
Broadway debut in the chorus of the musical "Bajour"
Dropped out of show business to work in advertising; became vice president and creative director of ad agency
Resumed acting career; made film debut in "Where's Poppa?"
Had featured role in "The Panic in Needle Park"; first feature with Al Pacino
Breakthrough stage role as Phil in the Pulitzer-winnning "That Championship Season," written by Jason Miller; earned Tony nomination
Originated character of Bert D'Angelo on an episode of ABC's "The Streets of San Francisco"
Acted in supporting role in the comedy "A Touch of Class"
TV debut as Earl of Gloucester in Great Performances/Joseph Papp presentation of "King Lear" (PBS)
TV series debut as star of the CBS sitcom "We'll Get By"
Returned to series TV as an unorthodox L.A. police detective on "Bert D'Angelo, Superstar" (ABC)
Replaced Topol in the role of the baker in the stage musical "The Baker's Wife"; toured with show in Boston and Washington, DC; was scheduled to open on Broadway but closed out of town
Had rare feature lead as a journalist who falls in love with a ballerina in "Slow Dancing in the Big City"
Portrayed a hearing-impaired attorney appointed to defend an illiterate black youth accused of murder in the fact-based "Dummy" (CBS)
Portrayed Louis Fraina in Warren Beatty's epic "Reds"
Reprised stage role in Jason Miller's film version of "That Championship Season"
Had featured role in "Surviving," an ABC drama about teen suicide; first screen teaming with Ellen Burstyn
Portrayed title character in "The Oldest Rookie," a CBS series about a police chief who becomes a rookie cop at age 50
Appeared in "Die Fledermaus" with the Seattle Opera Company
Cast as Lips Manlis in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"
Landed one of his best screen roles as mob boss Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas"
Spent one season playing Detective Phil Cerreta on the popular NBC series "Law & Order"
Appeared as Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"
Cast as Capulet in Baz Luhrmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"
Played role of the father of a Juliet-like Italian girl in the comedy "Love Is All There Is"
Portrayed New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in the Showtime biopic "Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way"
Executive produced and starred in unsold pilot for an ABC series loosely inspired by his life
Reteamed with Beatty for "Bulworth," playing a platinum-haired lobbyist
TV directing debut with Showtime remake of "That Championship Season"; also starred in role of the Coach
Played the principal who must fire a teacher who provides his students with the answers to a local competition in "Cheaters" (HBO)
Co-starred as Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo in the fact-based "The Thin Blue Lie" (Showtime)
Returned to series TV as Ellen Burstyn's husband in "That's Life"
Had featured role in the Nicolas Cage vehicle "Family Man"
Acted in the improvisational parody "Perfume"
Appeared in "The Cooler" opposite Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, and Maria Bello
Cast opposite Bernie Mac in the comedy "Mr. 3000"
Joined the cast of CBS sitcom "Still Standing" in a recurring role
Starred in the campy horror musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera"
Cast as Santa Claus in the ABC Family movie "Santa Baby 2"
Appeared in "Kill the Irishman"
Nabbed a supporting part in "The Bronx Bull"