As child, traveled with mother in a burlesque troupe
Lived for several years in Panama where his family owned a nightclub
After high school, appeared in summer stock productions in Michigan
Broadway debut, "The World of Suzy Wong"
Film debut in "Murder, Inc."
Served as associate producer on John Cassavetes directorial debut, "Shadows"
First apppearance in a Cassavetes film, "Too Late Blues"
TV-movie debut in Don Siegel's "The Hanged Man" (NBC)
Appeared with Cassavetes in Siegel's "The Killers"; also featured Ronald Reagan in his last screen role
Reteamed with Siegel for "Coogan's Bluff"
Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his aging hippie who saves Lynn Carlin's character from suicide in Cassavetes' "Faces"
Reunited with Cassavetes, opposite the director's wife Gena Rowlands in the kitchen-sink comedy "Minnie and Moskowitz"; played yet another aging hippie
Acted in Cassavetes' "Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976) and "Opening Night" (1977)
Played Governor Haskins in Sam Peckinpah's "Convoy"
Delivered a nice turn as one of the leads of "California Dreaming"
Jailed for conspiracy to sell cocaine
Last film with Cassavetes, "Love Streams"
Offered a colorful supporting turn as Cheese, one the titular "Tin Men", directed by Barry Levinson
Appeared in Nicholas Roeg's "Track 27"
Reteamed with Roeg for NBC movie, "Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth"
Acted in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"
Portrayed Gabby Haysesque prospecting pal of Klaus Maria Brandauer in "White Fang", a remake of the Jack London novel (executive produced by Andrew Bergman)
Acclaimed for his scenery-chewing performance as a fast-talking hood opposite Steve Buscemi's aspiring filmmaker in Alexandre Rockwell's "In the Soup"
Third collaboration with Roeg, "Cold Heaven"
First association with Andrew Bergman as director, "Honeymoon in Vegas", starring Nicolas Cage
Played Robert Redford's chauffeur in Adrian Lyne's "Indecent Proposal"
Reteamed with Bergman and Cage for "It Could Happen to You", portraying Jack Gross, a sly old slickster ready to help Cage and wife Rosie Perez plot their investment strategy
TV series debut as a regular, "Under Suspicion" (CBS)
Appeared as Uncle Al in Buscemi's "Trees Lounge"
Was regular on the short-lived CBS series "The Cube"
Acted in CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's The Last Don"
Portrayed Jason Schwartzman's barber father in Wes Anderson's "Rushmore"
Starred in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"
Played Uncle Jack in the comedy "Stealing Harvard"
Starred with John Corbett in the FX drama "Lucky" a dark comedy dealing with the lives and addictions of compulsive gamblers in Las Vegas
Cast in the Farrelly Brothers' comedy "Stuck on You"
Co-starred in Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim"
Co-starred with brothers Luke and Owen Wilson in "The Wendell Baker Story," a film co-directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson