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Born: July 17, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St John, New Brunswick, CA Profession: Cast ...
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Suffered a series of potentially crippling diseases during childhood, including polio, rheumatic fever and hepatitis
1949:
Became Canada's (Nova Scotia) youngest radio announcer and disc jockey at age 14
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Played Scrooge in a radio production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
1952:
Made stage debut in "The Male Animal" at the Hart House Theatre in Toronto
1958:
Moved to England to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
1960:
Began acting in British TV and repertory theater
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Acted with the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland
1963:
London stage debut, "August for the People"
1964:
First significant film role, "Il Castello dei Morti Vivi/Castle of the Living Dead"
1966:
Made U.S. TV debut on the ABC series "Court Martial"
1967:
Breakthrough supporting role, "The Dirty Dozen" with Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson
1968:
Received strong notices as a flamboyant wealthy young man in "Joanna"
1970:
Soared to stardom as the original Hawkeye Pierce in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"
1970:
Portrayed a prototypical hippie in the WWII comedy-drama "Kelly's Heroes"
1971:
Reteamed with Elliott Gould (from "M*A*S*H") for Alan Arkin's "Little Murders"
1971:
Played Jesus Christ in Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun"
1971:
Delivered an outstanding performance as detective opposite then-girlfriend Jane Fonda in "Klute"
1972:
Feature debut as co-producer and co-writer for the anti-Vietnam war film "F.T.A."; featured a series of anti-war skits and songs (with Fonda) performed outside army bases
1973:
Starred opposite Julie Christie in Nicolas Roeg's "Don't Look Now"
1973:
Executive produced "Steelyard Blues" (also starred with Fonda)
1974:
Re-teamed with Gould in "S.P.Y.S."
1975:
Evoked pity as the hick in love with an aspiring, selfish would-be starlet (Karen Black) in John Schlesinger's "The Day of the Locust"
1976:
Played a bestial fascist in Bernardo Bertolucci's "1990"
1976:
Delivered a romantic turn as the title role of "Fellini's Casanova"
1978:
Delivered arguably his best performance since "Klute" as scientific-minded public health inspector confronting unspeakable horrors in Phillip Kaufman's remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
1979:
Teamed with Sean Connery for the stylish "The Great Train Robbery"
1980:
Came to see the falseness of his life as he struggled to overcome the death of his son in the Academy Award-winning "Ordinary People", co-starring Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton; film marked Robert Redford's directorial debut
1981:
Broadway debut as Humbert Humbert in Edward Albee's stage adaptation of "Lolita"
1981:
Founded McNichol Pictures Inc.; also served as President
1981:
Played a German agent in the thriller "Eye of the Needle"
1983:
Appeared in "Max Dugan Returns" along with son Kiefer in his film debut (also debut of Matthew Broderick)
1983:
Returned to TV after a 15-year absence in the CBS movie "John Steinbeck's 'The Winter of Our Discontent'"
1987:
Portrayed middle-aged Paul Gauguin in "Wolf at the Door"; also provided voice of Gauguin in PBS' "Paul Gauguin: The Savage Dream" (1989)
1989:
Cast as a teacher in the South African apartheid drama "A Dry White Season"
1991:
Cast as a mad firebug in Ron Howard's "Backdraft"
1991:
Played a mysterious Washington intelligence officer in Oliver Stone's "JFK"
1992:
Mentored Kristy Swanson in the feature "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1993:
Offered a captivating performance as a snobbish but charming, upscale New Yorker living through the eyes of other people in "Six Degrees of Separation"; film based on a 1990 play by John Guare
1994:
Portrayed a corporate honcho in Barry Levinson's adaptation of Michael Crichton's "Disclosure"
1994:
Narrator for The Learning Channel's "Great Books" series
1995:
Offered an award winning performance as Colonel Fetisov in the HBO movie "Citizen X"
1995:
Came aboard "Outbreak" late to play the icy General McClintock
1996:
Second film with son Kiefer, as the alcoholic mentor of Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) in "A Time to Kill"
1997:
Cast as a coldly manipulative CIA agent in "The Assignment"
1998:
Stalked the hidden enemy in the supernatural thriller "Fallen"
1998:
Played University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman in Robert Towne's "Without Limits," about track sensation Steve Prefontaine
2000:
Acted on stage in "Enigma Variations"
2001:
Starred as a painter in the off-Broadway play "Ten Unknowns" by Jon Robin Baitz
2001:
Had lead role as an Irish thief who plans to rob an airport terminal in the A&E original "The Big Heist"
2003:
Had memorable role in F. Gary Gray's remake of the "Italian Job"
2003:
Cast in Anthony Minghella's war epic "Cold Mountain"
2005:
Cast as Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton on Rod Lurie's ABC drama "Commander in Chief"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2005:
Cast as the patriarch in Joe Wright's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic "Pride and Prejudice"
2005:
Co-starred with Mira Sorvino in the Lifetime movie "Human Trafficking"; earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a TV movie
2006:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of "Ask the Dust"
2006:
Played a Virginia firearms-shop owner in Aric Avelino's film debut "American Gun"
2007:
Played an aging aristocratic billionaire in Griffin Dunne's "Fierce People"
2007:
Cast as Patrick 'Tripp' Darling III on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"; earned a Golden Globe (2008) nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series
2008:
Played multi-millionaire Nigel Honeycut in "Fool's Gold"
2009:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "Astro Boy"
2011:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2012:
Cast as series antagonist President Snow in the feature film adaptation of "The Hunger Games"

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