Served in the Navy during WWII
Decided to pursue acting career after starring in college production of "Pygmalion"
Moved to Pasadena, CA, to study acting
Joined the American Male Chorus
Moved to New York; joined Strawbridge Children's Theatre
Moved to Hollywood and made screen debut in "Tomahawk Trail"
Played villain opposite Alan Ladd in "The Proud Rebel"
Made unsold CBS pilot
Roomed with Jack Nicholson in the late 1960s
Played a convict who sings gospel tunes to Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke"
Cast in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part II," as an FBI agent protecting Michael V. Gazzo
Made TV-movie debut in "Flatbed Annie & Sweetpie: Lady Truckers" (CBS)
Cast in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Alien"
Landed first screen lead in Wim Wenders directed "Paris, Texas"
Cast in the quirky cult film "Repo Man," by indie director Alex Cox
Played Molly Ringwald's father in "Pretty in Pink"
Played Saul (Paul) in "The Last Temptation of Christ"
Played a soft-hearted, but ill-fated private investigator in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"
Starred in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"
Co-starred in ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk'"
Appeared in the feature adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" for Terry Gilliam
Cast in "The Green Mile" for director Frank Darabont
Played opposite Jack Nicholson in "The Pledge" for director Sean Penn
Appeared in "The Wendell Baker Story" for Andrew and Luke Wilson
Cast as Roman Grant, the prophet of the Juniper Creek compound on HBO drama series "Big Love"
Reteamed with director David Lynch to star in "Inland Empire"
Played the Caterpillar in SyFy fantasy miniseries "Alice"
Voiced Balthazar in Gore Verbinski's animated feature "Rango"
Made cameo in superhero blockbuster "The Avengers"
Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"