Announced he was suffering from a rare form of cancer (synovial sarcoma) and would undergo chemotherapy; though producers cancelled "The Lazarus Man", Ralston Purina stuck by him as their spokesman for their Pure One dog food company; later underwent surgery as treatment for the cancer
Briefly returned to series TV as co-star of the fall NBC sitcom "Emeril"; cancelled due to low ratings
Feature acting debut in "Magnum Force"
Made stage debut in "Lovers and Other Strangers" at Pheasant Run Playhouse (community theater); appeared in Chicago production of "The Rainmaker", as well as numerous plays at Ivanhoe Theatre (Chicago) and Arlington Park Theatre (Illinois)
Played recurring role of tennis instructor and gigolo Peter Campbell on the ABC sitcom "Soap"
Co-starred in the ABC police series "S.W.A.T."
Co-starred opposite Faye Dunaway on the short-lived sitcom, "It Had to Be You" (CBS)
Featured opposite Lisa Hartman in the short-lived sitcom "Tabitha" (ABC), a spin-off of "Bewitched"
Hosted the short-lived ABC reality-based series "Vital Signs"
Played Tom Nash on the NBC sitcom "American Dreamer"
Returned to series work playing the captain of "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (UPN)
Starred as Dan Tanna on the ABC series "Vega$"
Caught the eye of a talent agent and moved to Los Angeles
Had title role of the Boston-based detective in "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC)
Hosted 13-part PBS documentary series "Boatworks"
Played the title character on the NBC series "Gavilan"
Received the Gilda Radner Courage Award (from Roswell Park Cancer Institute) in recognition of his successful battle with cancer
Returned to series TV as star of "The Lazarus Man" (TNT); also syndicated
Starred as Billy Flynn in the touring company of the stage musical "Chicago"
TV debut in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"; played Bob
While working as an account executive at WGN-Radio in Chicago, Illinois, a one-night acting job inadvertently set him on ultimate career path; hired to portray a young soldier and open the local Jewish United Bond drive with a stirring patriotic speech; uncovered a penchant for performing; his boss was in attendance and enforced the station's strict policy against moonlighting, resulting in his dismissal
Acted with Timothy Hutton in Bob Clark's "Turk 182!"
Formed the publishing house Beaver Dam Press, which focuses on outdoor books
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 12
Returned to series TV in the hour-long "Crossroads" (ABC)
Served as host for "National Geographic Explorer" (TBS)