Raised in the St Louis, MO area
Moved to New York City to pursue acting
Performed in children's theater productions and had walk-on or bit parts in off-off-Broadway plays
Broadway debut in Michael Weller's "Loose Ends" starring Kevin Kline
Performed in sketches on a NYC monthly radio show called "Citizen Kafka" (WBAI)
Cast in the touring production of the musical "The Robber Bridegroom"
TV-movie debut, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)
Feature film debut, "Eddie Macon's Run"
Originated role of Pap Finn (Huck's father) in the American Repertory Theatre production of "Big River"
Reprised role of Pap in his Broadway musical debut "Big River"
Left cast of "Big River" to appear in David Byrne's "True Stories"
Portrayed a murderously crooked cop in "The Big Easy" opposite Dennis Quaid
Cast in the Los Angeles production of "Antony and Cleopatra"; spotted by casting directors for "Roseanne"
Breakthrough screen performance as a larcenous lout in the Coen bothers' comic gem "Raising Arizona"
Re-teamed with Quaid for the football-themed "Everybody's All-American"
Played Sally Field's insurance-salesman husband in "Punchline"
Played the title character's blue-collar husband on the long running ABC sitcom "Roseanne"; nominated for an Emmy as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for seven consecutive years (1989-95)
First starring role in a feature, "King Ralph"
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers, as a traveling salesman, in "Barton Fink"
Portrayed George Herman 'Babe' Ruth in the feature biography "The Babe"
Played Harry Brock in remake of "Born Yesterday" opposite Melanie Griffith
Starred as Fred Flintstone in the live-action feature "The Flintstones"
Credited as Karl Mundt for his role as the newsreel announcer in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"
Played title role (also produced) in the TNT biopic "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long"; earned a Best Actor Emmy nomination
Cast as Mitch in the CBS remake of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" opposite Jessica Lange; earned an Emmy nomination for Suporting Actor
First stage role in eight years, playing Falstaff in "Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2)" at San Diego's Old Globe Theater
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for "The Big Lebowski"
Replaced the late John Belushi as Dan Aykroyd's music-making partner in John Landis' sequel "Blues Brothers 2000"
Made recurring appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" playing Linda Tripp during the Lewinsky scandal
Portrayed a hyperactive paramedic in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing out the Dead"
Played a high-strung FAA agent in the Mike Nichols directed "What Planet Are You From?"
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for the feature "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Appeared in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of "The Seagull" directed by Mike Nichols
Had a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" (NBC) as House Speaker Glen Allen Walken
Cast in the short-lived CBS comedy "Center of the Universe"
Portrayed Bobby Darin's (Kevin Spacey) best friend turned manager, Steve Blauner in "Beyond the Sea"
Returned to the stage, as Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the terminally ill, bullying patriarch in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; performed at the Geffen Playhouse
Co-starred in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"
Won an Emmy guest-starring as a judge on Sorkin's NBC drama, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty," a sequel to the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty"
Cast as Bones Darly, an arms dealer opposite Kevin Bacon in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"
Played Pops Racer in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"
Starred in Roundabout Theatre Company¿s Broadway production of Samuel Beckett¿s "Waiting for Godot"
Starred as a college professor on the HBO drama series "Treme"
Co-starred in the Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack" about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, played by Al Pacino; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("You Don't Know Jack")
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("You Don't Know Jack")
Co-starred with Melissa Leo and Michael Parks in the action thriller "Red State"
Cast in the critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"
Joined the cast of the crime drama series "Damages" (FX)
Cast in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel; co-starred opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock
Acted opposite Clint Eastwood in baseball drama "Trouble with the Curve"
Co-starred in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck
Cast opposite Denzel Washington in "Flight"