He was a blacklisted actor during the McCarthy era.
Awarded a 1987 Tony for featured actor in the play "Broadway Bound."
Wife, Sarah Cunningham, died of an asthma attack at the 1986 Oscar telecast ceremony.
Changed his name to John Randolph from Emanuel Cohen in 1940.
Spent two years of training in the Federal Theater Project in the 1930s.
Won Broadway's 1987 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Broadway Bound."
Originally played Frank Costanza in the Seinfeld (1989) episode "The Handicap Spot." After he was replaced by Jerry Stiller, his scenes in the episode were re-filmed with Stiller as well.
Appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: All the President's Men (1976), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Prizzi's Honor (1985).