Raised by grandparents in South Weymouth, MA
Attended high school at a military academy
Made stage debut in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" at the Cain Park Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Served as a private in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Made radio debut on the "Army Engineer Show" for ABC
Stage directing debut, "The Winslow Boy" at Denison University
TV acting debut, "Hollywood Screen Test"
Acted on the daytime serial TV drama "The Brighter Day" (CBS)
Assembled the one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!"
Moved to New York in late 1950s
Made off-Broadway debut in title role of "Mark Twain Tonight!"
Broadway debut, "Do You Know the Milky Way?"
Opened his one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!" on Broadway
Made film debut in "The Group"
Returned to television to play the role of Tom in "CBS Playhouse" adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
Played the title role of Hays Stowe on NBC drama series "The Bold Ones: Senator"
Hosted "Theater in America" the PBS drama series featuring performances of theatrical plays
Played Abraham Lincoln in multi-seasonal miniseries "Sandburg's Lincoln" (NBC)
Again played Lincoln in the ABC miniseries "North and South" (1985) and "North and South, Book II" (1986)
Landed recurring role on CBS sitcom "Designing Women," playing the boyfriend of Julia Sugarbaker (Holbrook's wife Dixie Carter); also directed several episodes
Played Evan Evans on popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"
Played the sheriff in the independent drama "Eye of God"
Cast as a U.S. Senator in "The Judas Kiss"; aired on Cinemax in lieu of a theatrical release
Offered effective supporting role as the mentor of an ambitious young political candidate in "Waking the Dead"
Portrayed Harold Ickes in the CBS miniseries "Haven"
Starred opposite Rick Stear in David Mamet's stage play "A Life in the Theatre" at the Pasadena Playhouse
Cast in the action thriller "Shade" with Stuart Townsend and Gabriel Byrne
Cast in Sean Penn's adaptation of the non-fiction book "Into the Wild," starring Emile Hirsch; earned SAG and Oscar nominations for Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Starred opposite his wife Dixie Carter in "That Evening Sun"
Landed recurring role as Katey Sagal's character's father on FX's "Sons of Anarchy"
Appeared in multi-episode arc on NBC drama "The Event"
Portrayed an Older Jacob Jankowski in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"
Cast opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
Played a schoolteacher going against oil barons in "Promised Land," directed by Gus Van Sant