Appeared in Israel Horowitz's off-Broadway play "Line"
First film part, uncredited role in "The Graduate"
Garnered notice for his turn as the college-bound Curt in George Lucas' "American Graffiti"
Delivered memorable role as a cocky car thief in "The Young Runaways"
Played a local drug lord in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"
Portrayed U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's biopic "W."
Produced and starred in feature film "The Big Fix"
Produced, wrote and hosted TV special "Funny You Don't Look 200!" (ABC)
Re-teamed with Mason for the stage play "House," co-authored by Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally
Starred as Iago in "Othello" with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park
Turned in remarkable performance as paralyzed sculptor who argues for his right to die in John Badham's "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"
Worked at New York Playboy Club with comedy troupe; was fired after his first performance for insulting customers
Acted opposite Christine Lahti in the Los Angeles stage production of "Three Hotels"
At 15 made professional stage debut with "In Mama's House" at the Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles
Breakthrough role, played marine biologist Matt Hooper in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"
Co-starred with Chris Cooper in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"
Narrated director Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me"
Offered excellent turns in both Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" and Badham's "Stakeout"
Portrayed infamous Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in HBO's "Lansky"; scripted by David Mamet and directed by John McNaughton
Re-teamed with Mazursky as the very broad actor-cum-dictator of "Moon Over Parador"
Returned to Broadway in "Death and the Maiden" with Glenn Close and Gene Hackman
Stage directorial debut, "Hamlet" for the Birmingham Theatre Company at the Old Rep in England
Starred in director Wolfgang Petersen's remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"
Started as part of the fine ensemble of Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"
Third film with director Spielberg, starring opposite Holly Hunter in "Always"
Co-produced and starred as Fagin in the TV adaptation of "Oliver Twist" (ABC)
Co-starred with Mason in the London stage production of Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"
Landed first lead role in the Canadian film "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz"
First television appearance, the NBC sitcom "Karen"
Re-teamed with Hunter for Lasse Hallstrom's "Once Around"
Second collaboration with Spielberg, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Starred opposite Jenna Elfman in "Krippendorf's Tribe"
TV movie debut, "Two for the Money" (ABC)
Won Best Actor Academy Award for his role as a struggling actor opposite Marsha Mason in Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"
Appeared in feature film version of Neil Simon's play "Lost in Yonkers"
Began acting at age 9 at the West Side Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, CA
Cast as an aging gangster in the comedy "The Crew"
Cast in Joe Sutton's "Complicit" at London's Old Vic theater; directed by Kevin Spacey
Co-starred in "The Old Man Who Loved to Read Stories"
Directed by Rob Reiner in the stage production of "The Session" with Larry Bishop (son of Joey), Reiner, and David Arkin
Directed the short film "Present Tense, Past Perfect" (Showtime)
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album <i>The Lincoln-Douglas Debates</i>
Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Mr. Holland's Opus"
Executive produced Ken Russell's "Prisoner of Honor" (HBO); also co-starred as George Picquart
Made cameo appearance as Senator Bob Rumson in Reiner's "The American President"
Made Broadway debut in "But, Seriously..."
Played a civil rights attorney based on William Kunstler for Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"
Played Baby Face Nelson in John Milius' "Dillinger"
Played Cassius in "Julius Caesar" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Played U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Showtime drama "The Day Reagan Was Shot"
Portrayed Bill Murray's shrink in "What About Bob?"
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)
Returned to Broadway in "Sly Fox" opposite Elizabeth Berkley
Starred in the CBS TV drama "The Education of Max Bickford"
Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"
Portrayed Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the Colin Greer play "Imagining Heschel" at New York's Cherry Lane Theater
Co-starred with Lauren Ambrose and Geena Davis in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film