Aug. 8th, 1937
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 5 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor (segment "Dame Maggie")
Mr. Bergstrom (Voiced)
Graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955. Went to Santa Monica City College where he dropped out after a year due to bad grades. But before he did, he took an acting course because he was told that "nobody flunks acting." Also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Decided to go into acting because he did not want to work or go into the service. Trained at The Pasadena Playhouse for two years.
- Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as "Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor" for _Little Big Man (1970)_ (qv) in which he portrayed a character from age 17 to age 121.
- October 1997: Ranked #41 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Has known 'Gene Hackman' (qv) since 1956.
- Oscar-winning director 'John Schlesinger (I)' (qv) envisioned a cast of 'Al Pacino' (qv), 'Julie Christie (I)' (qv) and 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) for "Marathon Man" (1976). Pacino has said that the only actress he had ever wanted to work with was Christie, who he claimed was "the most poetic of actresses." Producer 'Robert Evans (I)' (qv), who disparaged the vertically challenged Pacino as "The Midget" when 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) wanted him for _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) and had thought of firing him during the early shooting of the now-classic film, vetoed Pacino for the lead. Instead, Evans insisted on the casting of the even-shorter 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv)! On her part, Christie -- who was notoriously finicky about accepting parts, even in prestigious, sure-fire material -- turned down the female lead, which was then taken by 'Marthe Keller' (qv) (who, ironically, became Pacino's lover after co-starring with him in _Bobby Deerfield (1977)_ (qv)). Of his dream cast, Schlesinger only got Olivier, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
- Was considered for the role of Beau Burruoghs in _Rumor Has It... (2005)_ (qv), but the part eventually went to 'Kevin Costner' (qv).
- Nominated for the 1990 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Merchant of Venice".
- The only actor in history to have top billing in three films that won the Best Picture Oscar: _Midnight Cowboy (1969)_ (qv), _Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)_ (qv) and _Rain Man (1988)_ (qv).
- While filming _Finding Neverland (2004)_ (qv) lost the tip of a finger and performed one day of shooting on morphine.