Born illegitimate; parents had a tumultuous relationship; was frequently "kidnapped" by one parent or the other until he finally settled with his father and stepmother
While a young teenager joined amateur dramatics company in Leamington Spa; two years later entered RADA
Founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Made stage debut as Snout in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in London
Film acting debut as Blifil in "Tom Jones"
Played "Hamlet" in the afternoons and Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night" in the evenings at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Gained prominence as title character of "Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment/Morgan!"
First film with Sidney Lumet, "The Deadly Affair"
Reteamed with Lumet for "The Sea Gull"
Appeared in John Frankenheimer's "The Fixer"
First of three collaborations with Sam Peckinpah, "The Ballad of Cable Hogue"
Injured both heels in a fall from a window in Rome; told by doctors he may never walk again
Co-starred in Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs"
Acted in Richard Donner's "The Omen"
Joined all-star cast (including Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud and Ellen Burstyn) for Alain Resnais' "Providence"
Starred in "Clouds of Glory" series for BBC
Played Reinhard Heydrich in NBC miniseries "Holocaust" (American TV debut)
Played stunning Jack the Ripper in "Time After Time"
Took first ride aboard the famous doomed ship in the ABC movie "S.O.S. Titantic", playing Laurence Beesley, the bachelor who flirts with Susan Saint James
Delivered Emmy-winning turn in the ABC miniseries "Masada"
Starred in TV series "Nancy Astor" (PBS)
Second turn as Heydrich in NBC movie "SS: Portrait in Evil"
Portrayed a Klingon chancellor anxious to negotiate a peace in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"
Reprised role as Klingon chancellor in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
Portrayed Vanya in David Mamet's adaptation of "Uncle Vanya", televised as part of PBS' "Great Performances"
Provided the voice of 'The Lobe' for The WB animated series "Stephen Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!"
Co-starred in two made-for-HBO films, "Naked Souls" and "Rasputin"
Narrated "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin"
Played drama teacher Gus Gold in "Scream 2"
Second time on the decks of the doomed luxury liner in James Cameron's "Titanic", portraying Billy Zane's ruthlessly loyal valet
Had regular role as 'The Man' who gives out assignments in The WB series "Three", a "Mod Squad" for the 1990s
Once again lent his voice to animation, this time for The WB series "Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania"
Appeared as Captain Sawyer in the second set of episodes of "Horatio Hornblower" (A&E)
Had featured role in Tim Burton's new adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"
Made Broadway debut in revival of Shaw's "Major Barbara"
Returned to the London stage after more than three decades in "The Feast of Snails"