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Born: November 15, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

On the Basis of Sex (2018)
A portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's early years, dating back to her law school days and first major sexism case.
Miss Sloane (2016)
A powerful lobbyist sacrifices her career on Federal Hill so she can push through an amendment enforcing stricter federal laws regulating guns.
Anesthesia (2015)
A violent mugging of a New York Professor brings disparate New Yorkers together
Loitering with Intent (2014)
When two out of work actors - Raphael and Dominic - convince a prominent producer into backing their film, they have 10 days to write the script he believes they've already drafted. They head out of New York for the country home of Dom's sister, Gigi, but their writer's retreat is interrupted with G
Why Now (2013)
Commission, The (2003) as Commission General Counsel J. Lee Rankin
Drama based on the recently declassified transcripts and documents of The Warren Commission, who was charged with the task of ascertaining the facts regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Matthew Shepard Story, The (2002) as Dennis Shepard
Television movie about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard on October 10, 1998. The movie chronicles how Matthew's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard came to terms with his life and concluded that their response to the murder trial of their son's killer could end the cycle of hate. Deter
House Divided, A (2000) as David Dickson
David Dickson is a wealthy plantation owner in antebellum Georgia who fathers Amanda by raping one of his slaves, Julia. Julia relinquishes Amanda to the Dicksons, realizing that her baby will be raised free because she was born with fair skin. Amanda is raised and educated by her father and grandmo
Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs (1999) as Host
Documentary that explores the stories behind Pultizer-Prize winning photographs.
Exiled: A Law and Order Movie (1998) as Assistant District Attorney Jack Mccoy
Movie based of the NBC series, "Law & Order." Detective Mike Logan, a former Manhattan homicide detective who has been "exiled" to police duties on Staten Island after striking a politician in the face, attempts to make a comeback to Manhattan homicide duty with the case of a murdered prostitute. Wh
Miracle at Midnight (1998) as Dr Karl Koster
Dramatizes the true story of how Danish citizens aided in the escape of 6,000 Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark in just one day during World War II. Focuses on the story of Karl and Doris Koster, a Danish couple who risked everything to bring off an astounding plan that saved thousands of Danish Jews
Shadow Conspiracy (1997) as President
Bobby Bishop, a major player in Washington, D.C., begins his day as the most trusted advisor to the President of the United States and within hours, is hunted down by a ruthless professional killer determined to carry out a covert mission. Bishop finds himself running for his life in a maze of chaos and confusion. Trusting no one, other than his mentor Jack Conrad, and his former girlfriend Amanda Givens, Bishop uncovers a terrifying conspiracy and finds himself caught up in the machinations of a plot that threatens the very foundation of our government.
Proprietor, The (1996)
After spending thirty years in New York, a revered French expatriate author returns to Paris and the home in which she lived with her mother before the German Occupation separated the two of them forever. The author, in her 60s, is confronted by two cultures, American and French; two time periods, the past and present, and relationships with friends and lovers old and new as she attempts to re-consider her life and memories.
Journey of August King, The (1995) as Mooney Wright
In the spring of 1815, nearly forty years after the Revolutionary War and 45 years before the Civil War, August King travels to an open air market in the mountains of North Carolina to purchase supplies and livestock and to make the final payment on land he purchased eight years earlier. King is a p
Serial Mom (1994) as Dad--Eugene Sutphin
Story about an upper-middle class suburban mother serial killer.
Assault at West Point (1994) as Daniel Chamberlain
A television movie based on the true story of one of the first black cadets at West Point and the racial prejudice he encounters at the U.S. Military Academy. Johnson Whittaker is court-martialed in 1880 and expelled from West Point for allegedly staging his own assault and mutilating himself in ord
Enemy Within (1994) as President William Foster
A officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff uncovers a planned military coup of the U.S. government and has only one week to prevent the takeover.
David's Mother (1993) as John
A mother devotes her entire life to the needs of her autistic child at the expense of her own needs and those of other family members.
Flagrant Desir (1992) as Gerry Morrison
An investigator probes into the murder of a rich heiress.
Captive in the Land, A (1991) as Royce
A Soviet pilot and an American meteorologist struggle to survive after their plane crashes on the North Pole.
Man in the Moon, The (1991) as Matthew Trant
Based on a true story, two sisters compete for the romantic attentions of the same man.
Mindwalk (1990) as Jack Edwards
A physicist, poet and politician, at crucial points in their own lives, discuss the world's many problems, attempting in the process to redefine the way the universe is perceived.
Welcome Home (1989) as Woody
A MIA, who became part of the Cambodian family that saved him, must learn to adjust to his American family when he returns from captivity.
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) as Ben
In parallel stories, a wealthy doctor deals with a blackmailing mistress while a filmmaker shoots a documentary about a corrupt TV producer.
Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (1988) as James Delmore
A television movie about a captured international terrorist who is brought to the United States to stand trial. The drama, set in the immediate future, focuses on a hypothetical law which would allow the United States to unilaterally extradite foreign nationals accused of carrying out or supervising
Devil's Paradise (1987) as Mr Jones
September (1987) as Peter
A weekend stay at a Vermont summer house provides glimpses into the lives of six unhappy people, most of whom are in love with others who love others.
Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
Spaulding Gray performs his one-man show about the making of the Oscar-winning 1984 drama "The Killing Fields." He only had a minor role in the film, but that doesn't stop Gray from spinning a hilarious and suspenseful tale from behind a desk.
Room Upstairs, The (1987) as Travis Coles
A television movie about a lonely and isolated woman whose life is transformed when she opens herself up to the outside world and to a gentle, romantic relationship.
Fifth Missile, The (1986) as Commander Allard Renslow
A three-hour television movie about a war game that takes place aboard an America Trident submarine. Things go haywire and the game threatens to ignite World War III.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) as David
Three sisters deal with their tangled relationships amidst the wonders of New York City.
Just Between Friends (1986) as Harry Crandall
Two women are good friends despite their different lifestyles: one is single while the other is married. However, they discover that they have more in common than they realised, as both are in love with the same man.
Finnegan Begin Again (1985) as Paul Broadbent
A schoolteacher in her early 40s, involved in a dead-end love affair with a married mortician, drifts into a relationship with an aging newspaperman now working the lonely hearts desk, whose wife is on the edge of senility. A joyous romantic comedy played with flair by the two leads. Mary Tyler Moor
Love Lives On (1985) as Bernie Wallace
Talk about your "disease of the week" TV movies, this one is all-encompassing drama including teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, alcoholism, terminal cancer, premature birth, medical red tape, and other wrenching traumas -- all involving a fifteen year-old high schooler (played by Mary Staurt Master
Warning Sign (1985) as Cal Morse
The Killing Fields (1984) as Sydney Schanberg
An American journalist and his Cambodian adviser fight to survive the country''''s communist takeover.
In Defense of Kids (1983) as Paul Wilcox
Lady lawyer Blythe Danner gives up her job with a prestigious law firm to help children and adolescents in trouble. Sam Waterston is her supportive photographer husband, Joyce Van Patten is a social worker who will do anything short of murder (and perhaps that, too) for the kids, and actor/director
Games Mother Never Taught You (1982) as David Bentells
Hard-working career wife, Loretta Swit, becomes the first female executive in an all-male office and is dismayed to find she now has to learn the rules of the corporate game. Sam Waterston is her understanding artist husband, Eileen Heckart (with just two scenes) is her mother, and unbilled Madlyn R
Hopscotch (1980) as Joe Cutter
A retired CIA agent threatens to publish an embarrassing book of memoirs about his colleagues.
Heaven's Gate (1980) as Frank Canton
A Wyoming sheriff tries to protect immigrant farmers from ruthless ranchers.
Sweet William (1980) as William Mcclusky
Friendly Fire (1979) as C D B Bryan
A drama about a rural American couple who become increasingly embittered as they cope with governmental indifference in their search for the truth behind the death of their son in Vietnam -- killed by friendly fire from American artillery. Based on the true story of war activist Peg Mullen. Emmy Awa
Interiors (1978) as Michael
Three sisters fight to adjust to their parents'''' divorce and their father''''s re-marriage.
Eagle's Wing (1978) as White Bull
Capricorn One (1978) as Air Force Lieutenant Peter Willis
The government fakes a Mars landing then sets out to kill the astronauts involved.
Sweet Revenge (1976) as Philip Leclerq
A public defender tries to reform a female car thief.
Rancho Deluxe (1975) as Cecil Colson
Two modern cowboys turn to rustling cattle.
Reflections of Murder (1974) as Michael Elliott
The wife and former mistress of a tyrannical schoolmaster team up to murder him but he diabolically haunts them with his macabre influence following the baffling disappearance of his body. An exciting remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic "Les Diaboliques" (France/1955).
The Great Gatsby (1974) as Nick Carraway
A mysterious tycoon gets mixed up in a former love''''s tangled life.
Glass Menagerie, The (1973) as Tom Wingfield
Katharine Hepburn made her television acting debut in this poetic adaptation of Tennessee Williams' wistful play about the memories and hopes of the Wingfield family during the 1930s. Filmed once before in 1950 with Gertrude Lawrence in the role of Amanda, this version offered Emmy Award-winning per

Producer (feature film)

House Divided, A (2000) as Producer
David Dickson is a wealthy plantation owner in antebellum Georgia who fathers Amanda by raping one of his slaves, Julia. Julia relinquishes Amanda to the Dicksons, realizing that her baby will be raised free because she was born with fair skin. Amanda is raised and educated by her father and grandmo
Journey of August King, The (1995) as Producer
In the spring of 1815, nearly forty years after the Revolutionary War and 45 years before the Civil War, August King travels to an open air market in the mountains of North Carolina to purchase supplies and livestock and to make the final payment on land he purchased eight years earlier. King is a p

Cast (special)

American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, An (2003)
Benefiting the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, this annual gala entertains an audience that includes the President and First Lady.
Echoes From the White House (2001) as Voice
Documentary that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the White House with a look at the stories, both public and private, that have unfolded within its walls. Using personal letters, memoirs and diary entries of presidents, first ladies, servants and other eyewitnesses, the program re-enacts the mom
Great American History Quiz: Heroes and Villains, The (2000)
Chevy Chase tests viewers' knowledge of American heroes and villains in this new installment of the family quiz show.
In Bad Taste: The John Waters Story (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of filmmaker John Waters.
Great American History Quiz, The (1999)
A quiz program that challenges Americans on their knowledge of history, from politics to pop culture. Celebrities pose questions and supply answers in a variety of ways. Categories include: History 101 ("Everything You Know Is Wrong!"), Troublemakers (Social Change), Supreme Court, Disasters, Statue
America's Millennium (1999)
Live celebration to ring in the year 2000 from Washington, DC. The program includes the premiere of Steven Spielberg's "The Unfinished Journey," an 18-minute documentary celebrating America over the last century. Also features "The Midnight Moment," a light-and-sound display emanating from the area
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997) as Voice Of Thomas Jefferson
The story of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their famous 1803 journey up the Missouri River on what was the United States' first official exploration into unknown territories. Lewis and Clark and their large crew, including Clark's slave, York, and a young Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, com
Thomas Jefferson (1997) as Voice Of Thomas Jefferson
Portraits, paintings, drawings and excerpts from Jefferson's journals, letters, scientific papers and political writings help to outline many aspects of his life.
Great Gatsby, The (1997) as Interviewee
Documentary explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby." Includes re-enactments, period art, film clips and interviews with experts.
Kennedy Center Honors, The (1997)
Presentation of the 20th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Mesopotamia: Return to Eden (1995) as Narration
Documentary that examines evidence of the oldest civilizations in the world.
Tibet: The End of Time (1995) as Narration
Documentary examining the struggle of Tibetan culture to survive in a hostile contemporary world.
Greece: A Passion for Perfection (1995) as Narration
Documentary focusing on the conflicting forces in fifth century B.C. Greece that have helped shape the art and ideas of the western world.
Egypt: Quest For Immortality (1995) as Narration
Documentary exploring the ancient Egyptians' fascination with death and their quest for immortality.
Inca: Secrets of the Ancestors (1995) as Narration
Documentary examining the culture of the Incas.
Africa: A History Denied (1995) as Narration
Documentary following the history of Africa's coastal kingdoms and their counterparts in the heartland of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.
Rome: The Ultimate Empire (1995) as Narration
Documentary that illustrates how the Romans conquered the western world, and what led to the empire's collapse.
Maya: The Blood of Kings (1995) as Narration
Documentary on the sophisticated, powerful Mayan civilization of the Yucatan and Central America, which reached its peak in 800 AD.
Aegean: Legacy of Atlantis (1995) as Narration
Documentary following the trail of clues from the ancient myths of the Aegean world to their real-life counterparts.
China: All Power Under the Sky (1995) as Narration
Documentary following ancient China's great rulers and the secrets of their giant tombs.
Inca: Secrets of the Ancestors (1995) as Host
Documentary examining the culture of the Incas.
Power of Dreams, The (1994) as Narration
Special examining the importance of dreams.
51st Annual Golden Globe Awards (1994) as Presenter
Live presentation of the Golden Globe Awards for achievement in television and film by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Fifteenth annual Fourth of July concert broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre, A (1994)
President and Mrs. Clinton are the guests of honor for an evening of contemporary music and comedy, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C.
Earth and the American Dream (1993) as Voice
A documentary chronicling how the pursuit of the American Dream has changed the environment. Makes use of first-person accounts of writers, politicians, historians, business people, Native Americans and other citizens. Combines archival footage and original photography.
American Television Awards, The (1993)
An awards special recognizing the top performances and programs seen on American television from April 13, 1992 to April 12, 1993, as determined by a survey of television critics, columnists and journalists.
As Ye Sow (1993)
A wealthy man hires a killer to get rid of his wife's alleged lover.
50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1993)
A live telecast of the 50th annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in movies and television during 1992.
Memory & Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress (1992)
A documentary exploring the Library of Congress and how its services can be obtained internationally.
44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The (1992) as Presenter
A live presentation of the 44th annual prime-time Emmy Awards honoring the best in television.
Environmental Tourist, The (1992) as Host
A documentary on ecotourism -- environmentally conscious travel.
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
A celebrity benefit for The Actors' Fund of America, featuring music, songs, dance and comedy. Features nearly 175 stars of stage, screen, sports, and fashion.
Walk in the Woods, A (1989) as John Honeyman
A political drama inspired by the real-life meeting of U.S. nuclear arms negotiator Paul Nitze and Soviet delegate Yuli Kvitszinsky in Geneva in 1982. The two took "a walk in the woods" in an attempt to reach an agreement on disarmament outside of normal diplomatic channels.
42nd Annual Tony Awards, The (1988)
Live broadcast from the Minskoff Theatre in New York City of the 42nd annual presentation of the Antoinette Perry (or "Tony") Awards honoring excellence in the Broadway theater. Scenes from works nominated in the Best Play category are enacted, including "A Walk in the Woods," "Joe Turner's Come and
Generation at Risk (1987) as Host
A documentary airing as a sequel to "The Chemical People," which was previously broadcast on PBS. Focuses on the themes of teen drug and alcohol abuse, teen suicide, pregnancy, and school dropouts. The documentary profiles 10 communities that once had, statistically, some of the country's worst teen
Blessings of Liberty, The (1987) as Abraham Lincoln; Justice Louis Brandeis
A special tracing the evolution of the Constitution during its 200 years as the foundation of the laws and liberties in the United States. The program is telecast from the National Archives in Washington, and utilizes dramatic interpretation of Constitutional debates, arguments, letters, and pleadi
Liberty Weekend (1986)
ABC's extensive coverage of "Liberty Weekend" includes over 17 hours of scheduled telecasting, beginning on July 2, 1986, with a "Liberty Weekend Preview" and ending on July 6, with the closing ceremonies from Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Other major events in the marathon coverage include the Open
40th Annual Tony Awards, The (1986)
The annual presentation of the American Theatre Wing's Antoinette Perry (or "Tony") Awards honoring excellence in the Broadway theater, broadcast live from the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. This year (1986) marks the twentieth time the Tony Awards have been presented on national television.
Boy Who Loved Trolls, The (1984)
A boy fights to retain his childhood dreams when he runs away to search for the troll he knows exists outside of fairy tales.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

I'll Fly Away: Then and Now (1993) as Forrest Bedford
Lantern Hill (1990) as Andrew Stuart
Nightmare Years, The (1989) as William L Shirer
A four-part miniseries based on journalist William L. Shirer's autobiography recollecting his days as a foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988) as Abraham Lincoln
A miniseries based on Gore Vidal's best-selling novel, depicting the personal and political turmoil the Lincolns faced during the Civil War years.

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