After college graduation, spent ten years working in resident theaters
First TV performance, an episode of "The Rockford Files" (NBC)
Played recurring role of Jerome 'Stretch' Cunningham on CBS sitcom "All in the Family"
First lead role on TV, as Bill Lewis on short-lived "Hot L Baltimore" (ABC)
Made TV miniseries debut in "Once an Eagle" (NBC)
Made film debut in Neil Simon's "Murder By Death"
Played featured role on ABC series "The Nancy Walker Show"
Appeared in various roles on several episodes of "Barney Miller" (ABC)
Again collaborated with writer Neil Simon for "The Cheap Detective"
Played a corrupt deputy sheriff in James Garner-Shirley Jones film "Tank"
First appearance as Mr. Skolnick, father of main character Lewis in comedy film "Revenge of the Nerds"
Played River Phoenix's dad in fantasy film "Explorers"
Cast as Dana Ivey's husband on NBC sitcom "Easy Street"
Reprised role of Mr. Skolnick for "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise"
Guest starred on syndicated series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Landed featured role in biopic "The Babe"
Played Farmer Hoggett in Chris Noonan's "Babe"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
Played Dr. Zefram Cochrane in "Star Trek: First Contact"
Formed Koshari Films with then-wife Julie Cobb
Co-starred as the venal police chief in film adaptation of James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential"
Reprised Oscar nominated role for sequel "Babe: Pig in the City"
Portrayed newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst in HBO movie "RKO 281"; received first Emmy nomination
Appeared as the judge presiding over a murder trial in "Snow Falling on Cedars"
Cast opposite Tom Hanks, as the warden in supernatural prison drama "The Green Mile"
Appeared in live CBS version of Cold War thriller "Fail Safe"
Performed on stage as British poet A.E. Housman in Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love"
Garnered an Emmy nomination for his role as a dying Catholic bishop on several episodes of "ER" (NBC)
Played title role on CBS drama series "Citizen Baines" as a former U.S. Senator
Co-starred in A&E miniseries "The Magnificent Ambersons"
Landed recurring role as Ruth's second husband on HBO drama "Six Feet Under"; received third Emmy nomination
Starred in award-winning HBO miniseries "Angels in America," adapted by Mike Nichols from Tony Kushner's play
Played Father Donald Callahan in TNT miniseries "Salem's Lot," based on novel by Stephen King
Cast as the Warden in remake of "The Longest Yard," starring Adam Sandler and Burt Reynolds
Portrayed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh opposite Helen Mirren in title role of "The Queen"
Guest starred on sixth season of "24" (Fox) playing Phillip Bauer, the estranged father of Jack (Kiefer Sutherland)
Cast as Captain Stacy, father of Bryce Dallas Howard's character in Sam Raimi directed "Spider-Man 3"
Co-starred in Oliver Stone's biopic "W." as former President George H. W. Bush
Acted alongside Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, and Ving Rhames in "Surrogates"
First executive produced feature, "A Lonely Place for Dying"
Played supporting role in family feature "Secretariat"
Cast in critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"
Played former Nazi and surgeon Arthur Arden in FX miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum"