Father was a singer; mother was a harpist and dancer.
Starred in a radio adaptation of Oliver Twist at age 10 and became a professional actor in a touring troupe at age 17.
Worked as an elevator operator at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Nominated for two Tony Awards.
Memorable film roles include kindhearted Friar Laurence in 1968's Romeo and Juliet and unhinged scientist Durand Durand in 1968's Barbarella. (The latter character inspired the rock-group name Duran Duran.)
Appeared in TV's Cheers, The Golden Girls and The West Wing.
Acting career spanned from the 1950s to the 2000s.
1968, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee
1982, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee