Raised in Englewood, NJ and on his family's farm in Pennsylvania
Appeared on stage with the Magic Theatre, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, in the 1960s
Stage directing debut, "The Minstrel Show" with the San Francisco Actors Workshop
After a long hiatus, returned to acting in a San Francisco production of Paul Sills' "Story Theatre"
Served as co-chair of the California Arts Council
Made first screen appearance in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Made TV longform debut in "Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story" (NBC)
Played first major feature film role as Keys, the scientist on the trail of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
Was love object of Shelley Long and Bette Midler in "Outrageous Fortune"
Began active second career as a documentary narrator with "The Grizzlies" for National Geographic/PBS
Appeared in Roman Polanski's "Bitter Moon"
Played role of Jake in Old Globe pre-Broadway tryout of Neil Simon's "Jake's Women"
Published critically-acclaimed short story "Carla's Story"
Played doomed husband of Ann-Margret in NBC miniseries "Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story"
Narrated "The West" for Ken Burns/PBS
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in "Sphere" for Barry Levinson
Narrated the Oscar-nominated short documentary "A Place in the Land"
Had featured role in "Patch Adams"
Selected as the "voice of the Oscars"; serving as announcer for the annual telecast
Played Larisa Oleynik's father in "A Time for Dancing"
Co-starred with Sissy Spacek in the Lifetime movie "Midwives"
Cast in the thriller feature "Femme Fatale"
Featured in the holiday comedy "The Hebrew Hammer"
Cast opposite Gérard Depardieu in "Bon voyage"
Narrated the documentary film "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"
Joined the cast of ABC's "Commander in Chief" as a Vice-Presidential nominee
Had a four episode turn as Sally Field's disreputable boyfriend in "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
Played the District Attorney in "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)