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Born: October 28, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Maywood, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Tried out for a part in his high school production of "The Crucible" only because his girlfriend was auditioning; he got a part while she did not
1969:
Drafted in the military after graduating from college; served an 11-month tour of duty in Vietnam
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After military service, organized several theater companies in the Chicago area with some college friends
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Joined the Organic Theater Company in Chicago
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Professional acting debut in the play "Cops", co-starred Joe Mantegna and Meshach Taylor
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Co-wrote the popular play, "Bleacher Bums"; later broadcast on PBS
1978:
Feature debut, Robert Altman's "A Wedding"
1978:
First film with director Brian De Palma, "The Fury"
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Moved to L.A. on the advice of Altman and De Palma; traveled cross-country with Mantegna and Mantegna's wife
1982:
Debut as TV series regular, "Chicago Story" (NBC)
1983:
Began association with Steven Bochco with a two-episode guest spot on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)
1983:
Cast as part of the ensemble in Bochco's short-lived (four episodes) baseball series, "Bay City Blues" (NBC)
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Joined the cast of "Hill Street Blues" as Lieutenant Norman Buntz
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Starred in the "Hill Street" spin-off, "Beverly Hills Buntz" (NBC)
1990:
Played a cop in the big-screen actioner "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"
1992:
Had cameo in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Starred as Andy Sipowicz in Bochco's controversial cop show, "NYPD Blue" (ABC); won four Emmy Awards (to date)
1996:
Acted in the film version of David Mamet's play "American Buffalo" opposite Dustin Hoffman
1998:
Had featured role as an angel who eschews his celestial life for the pleasure of living on earth in the romantic drama "City of Angels"
1999:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 19)
2000:
Lampooned his tough-guy image by giving a hilarious turn as an abusive husband-turned-rotting-corpse in the Dixie Chicks' music video "Goodbye, Earl"

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