Bob Bancroft grew up off the grid in the backwoods of Vermont, the son of a Harvard-educated lumberjack and tennis court builder, and a World War II Army nurse. Sometime in the 70's, he moved from a tent in the Green Mountains to a tiny apartment next to a Jello factory in Hollywood.
He's been a breakfast chef at a restaurant billed as "the home of 47 waffle varieties", a waiter at an all-night deli, a delivery man for a blueprint supply shop, a newspaper writer, a magazine and book editor, and a ghostwriter for a celebrity gossip column.
Audiences now know him from a string of film and television performances dating from the mid 80's - scientists and doctors, priests and killers, regular guys and nut jobs.
He spent 3 years on CBS's Chicago Hope (1994), and was the nefarious Mr. Lutz on Disney's Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999). Recent highlights include appearances on American Horror Story, Parks and Recreation, Castle, Glee, and many others.
Yes, he's been featured on several Buzzfeed lists, but no, he's not the dad from ALF.