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