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Born: February 6, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Temple, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1955:
Broadway debut as understudy and replacement for Alex Nicol (as Brick) in the original production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
1956:
Made film debut in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll"
1958:
Earliest TV appearance, the NBC anthology series, "The Alcoa Hour"
1958:
Appeared in the Tennessee Williams dramas, "Orpheus Descending" and "Sweet Bird of Youth" (as Tom Finley Jr.); earned a Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for the latter
1959:
Earliest prominent feature supporting role in "Pork Chop Hill" as the brother-in-law of Gregory Peck's character
1962:
Recreated his stage role in Tennessee Williams's "Sweet Bird of Youth" for the film version
1965:
Played a sleazy New Orleans blackmailer opposite Steve McQueen and Karl Malden in "The Cincinnati Kid"
1968:
Made stage directing debut with "The Beard"
1968:
First top billed role in the feature, "Beyond the Law"; directed by Norman Mailer
1970:
Starred in another Norman Mailer (also acted) directed film, "Maidstone"
1972:
Received rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film "Payday"
1976:
Starred in the cult classic science fiction movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth"
1980:
Returned to Broadway for the short-lived comedy, "Mixed Couples"
1983:
Received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Cross Creek"
1988:
Made feature film directorial debut with the offbeat comedy "The Telephone" starring Whoopi Goldberg
1990:
Played the ultra-hawkish Colonel Fargo in the HBO Original Movie "By Dawn's Early Light"
1992:
Cast as talk show producer and TV veteran Artie in "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO); earned six consecutive Emmy (1993-1998) nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1993:
Played the OCP CEO in the science fiction film, "Robocop 3"
1997:
Hosted the syndicated series "Ghost Stories"
1997:
Returned to Broadway to co-star with Shirley Knight in Horton Foote's "The Young Man From Atlanta"
1997:
Played the gruff boss Agent Zed in "Men in Black" opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
1997:
Voiced Zeus in Disney's animated feature "Hercules"
1999:
Starred as Father Robert Grant in the TNT movie "Passing Glory"
2000:
Featured in "Wonder Boys" opposite Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire
2000:
Reprised the role of Agent Zed in "Men in Black II"
2003:
Cast in a recurring role as Senator Turner on the NBC drama, "The Lyon's Den"
2004:
Featured in the Comedy "Welcome to Mooseport"
2004:
Cast with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2004:
Appeared in the black comedy "Eulogy"
2005:
Played an aging music producer in Ira Sachs' independent film "Forty Shades of Blue"
2006:
Co-starred with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox in the family comedy "Zoom"
2006:
Starred as France's Louis XV in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"
2007:
Played the recurring role of Don Geiss, the CEO and Jack's boss, on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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