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Born: June 20, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Calumet, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1931:
Born in near poverty in northern Michigan
1945:
Moved to Chicago with his family at age 14 (date approximate)
1946:
Was working as a railroad hand by age 15 (date approximate)
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Moved with his mother to Tucson, Arizona
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Left Eastern Arizona College to serve in the US Navy
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Worked as a cattle truck driver before deciding to continue his higher education
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Moved to NYC with $75 in his pocket after after graduating from the University of Iowa
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Began studying with Stella Adler and won a two-year scholarship
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Worked with the Actors Studio for three years
1965:
Replaced Robert Duvall in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" on the New York stage
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Replaced Duvall in the Arthur Penn-directed Broadway production of "Wait Until Dark" when the actor broke his hip; continued in the role for two years
1969:
Feature debut, "Stiletto", a gangster drama
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Acted on stage with Al Pacino in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and "Jungle in the Cities"
1983:
Recreated his role from the Broadway production of "Wings" for PBS's "American Playhouse" presentation
1984:
Portrayed Dave Moss in the Broadway production of David Mamet's play, "Glengarry Glen Ross"
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Played the recurring role of insurance investigator Norman Keyes, the nemesis of "Remington Steele", on the popular detective detective series
1985:
First played the role of Mr. Strickland in Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future"
1986:
Widely seen as Stinger, a tough Naval commander who chastises Tom Cruise in "Top Gun"
1985:
Debut as a TV series regular, "Mary", a failed sitcom vehicle for Mary Tyler Moore (eliminated after three months when the show's format and time slot changed)
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Provided narration for several installments of "America Undercover" documentary specials on HBO
1989:
Reprised the role of Strickland for Zemeckis's "Back to the Future II"
1990:
Cast as a regular on the short-lived (two episodes) series, "Sunset Beat", about a special team of cops who pose as bikers
1990:
Portrayed Marshal Strickland in "Back to the Future III"
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Cast as a regular on "The Hat Squad", an eccentric crime series from executive producer/creator Stephen J Cannell

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