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Born: February 22, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born in Springfield, MA and raised in Connecticut
1960:
Began acting lessons at age 12
1962:
Professional stage debut at age 14 in small role in production of "Othello" at the Hartford Stage Company
1970:
While appearing with a touring theater troupe from USC, won scholarship to travel abroad; appeared in 15 productions throughout Europe
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Joined the Company of Angels Theatre Group
1973:
Feature film debut, "Psychopath"
1977:
TV debut in a miniseries, "The Rhinemann Exchange"
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Played recurring roles on "Dallas" and "M*A*S*H*" (both CBS)
1979:
TV-movie debut, "This Man Stands Alone"
1979:
Played Dennis Quaid's older brother in "Breaking Away"
1980:
Debut as regular on a TV series, reprising film role in "Breaking Away" (ABC)
1984:
Breakthrough feature role, the police captain in "Beverly Hills Cop"
1987:
Reprised role in "Beverly Hills Cop II"
1988:
Delivered a memorable turn as Robert De Niro's nemesis in "Midnight Run"
1989:
Played leading role in the NBC police drama TV series, "Hardball"
1993:
Starred in ABC miniseries "Stephen King's The Tommyknockers"
1994:
Co-starred in "Little Big League"
1997:
Played the father of a gymnast in the Lifetime TV-movie "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes"
2001:
Appeared in the indie film "Bill's Gun Shop"
2007:
Played a Boston detective in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"

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