Frequently cast by director, David Mamet.
He was one of two children of Charles and Eva Mae Smith.
He claimed his father was a heroin dealer and his mother died of alcoholism.
He studied at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and served in the U.S. Army.
He was nominated for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in "Sizwe Banzi is Dead" at the Goodman Stage II Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.