Attended Orchard Park High School in Orchard Park, New York, a suburb of Buffalo.
Was featured as The Grim Reaper in both Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Tales from the Crypt (1989).
Born on the exact same day as Ron Perlman (they have both appeared in the stage play "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui").
A graduate of SUNY Geneseo.
Attended SUNY Geneseo as an undergraduate (B.A., 1972) and Cornell University as a graduate student (MFA, 1974).
Has been in three movies adapted from Stephen King's work: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007). All three movies were directed by Frank Darabont.
The Mist (2007) is not his first experience with the story as he played the main character, David Drayton, in the audio-book version.
Has played Shia LaBeouf's father in two films: The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003) and Eagle Eye (2008).
Father of Sadler Colley Bakst.
Appearing off-Broadway with Al Pacino, John Goodman and Billy Crudup, etc. in "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui". Coincidentally, he was born on the same day as Ron Perlman (both actors appeared in the stage play "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui"). [October 2002]
Beginning in March 2009, has been appearing on Broadway in Eugene Ionesco's play "Exit the King", which stars Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor in a Play, 2009, Exit the King) and Susan Sarandon. [June 2009]
Appearing in "Julius Caesar" on Broadway in the title role. [November 2005]
He is of Scottish, English, and a small amount of German, descent. Three of his grandparents were immigrants (one from England, and two from Scotland).