Lost his New Jersey accent as a teenager by repeatedly listening to recordings of John Gielgud.
Prior to finding work as an actor, sang folk songs in coffee shops.
Won a 1975 Tony Award for his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's Seascape, in which he played a lizard.
Became known as a sex symbol for his lead role in Dracula, first on the Broadway stage and later in the 1979 feature film.
Replaced Hugh Laurie as Daily Planet editor Perry White in 2006's Superman Returns.
Notably portrayed Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon, first in 2006 in London's West End and then on Broadway, where his performance earned him a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
Reprised his role of Richard Nixon in the 2008 film adaptation of Frost/Nixon, and earned his first Oscar nomination.
2002, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
2007, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
1971, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
2004, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
1975, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
2008, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee