Joined Wanstead Club as assistant professional golfer at age 16
Assistant stage manager with various repertory companies in South Moulton and Devon
Took over role as Whittaker in touring version of "Long Short and the Tall"
London stage debut in "A Trip to the Castle"
Made film debut in Peter Ustinov's adaptation of "Billy Budd"; earned an Academy Award nomination
Starred in William Wyler's adaptation of John Fowles' "The Collector"
Broadway debut, "Alfie"
Co-starred with Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd"
Appeared in Ken Loach's first feature "Poor Cow"
Starred in Federico Fellini's "Toby Dammit," a 50-minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe "Histoires extraordinaires"
Cast in Alan Cooke's "The Mind of Mr. Soames"
Originated the role of General Zod in Richard Donner's "Superman"
Reprised role of Zod in "Superman II"
Co-starred in Stephen Frears' "The Hit"
Played an art dealer in Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles"
Published autobiography, <i>Stamp Album</i>
Portrayed Gekko's rival, corporate raider Sir Lawrence Wildman in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street"
Screen directing debut, "Stranger in the House"
Won acclaim for his portrayal of a transsexual in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"
Played a British ex-con in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey
Starred as Chancellor Finis Valorum in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
Cast opposite Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss in the sci fi thriller "Red Planet"
Voiced Clark Kent's father, Jor-El, in the WB\CW series "Smallville"
Co-starred with Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid in "My Boss' Daughter"
Appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in "Elektra," a spin-off of the popular "Daredevil"
Played a devout Mormon full of vengeance in "September Dawn"
Cast in the feature adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy parody series, "Get Smart"