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.
- Brother-in-law of producer 'Lee Gottsegen' (qv).
- Nominated for the 1990 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Merchant of Venice".
- Did a brief stint while he was a struggling actor working at the toys' department at Macy's. As a joke, he set 'Gene Hackman' (qv)'s toddler son up on a display and tried to pass him off as a large doll, until a woman offered to buy him.
- Good friends with "The Graduate" (1967) co-star 'Katharine Ross' (qv).
- 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).
- Played Tiny Tim in a middle school production. On a bet, he changed the ending line from "God bless everyone!" to "God bless everyone, goddamn it!" on performing night and was subsequently suspended.
- Has appeared in two films about "Peter Pan" (_Hook (1991)_ (qv) and _Finding Neverland (2004)_ (qv)). Following his appearance in ""Hook", close friend and former roommate 'Gene Hackman' (qv) began calling him "Hook" as a joke. The name stuck and his contemporaries call him by that nickname to this day.
- Had expressed an early desire to play the title role in _Gandhi (1982)_ (qv), but was offered _Tootsie (1982)_ (qv) the same year and ended up taking the latter role. He eventually lost the Oscar that year to 'Ben Kingsley' (qv) who played Gandhi.