Fast Facts

  • Caught the acting bug after he saw a college stage production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 
  • Did an extra year in undergrad school to avoid serving in the Vietnam War. 
  • Made his Broadway debut in Bent; his portrayal of Greta, a cross-dressing nightclub owner, earned him a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
  • Won an Obie Award in 1982 for his performance in the off-Broadway play No End to Blame.
  • Received a Best Actor Drama-Logue Award in 1986 for his theatrical work in The Real Thing. 
  • Met his wife on the Family Ties' set, where she worked as one of the casting directors.
  • Took his wife to her father's grave site when he proposed to her. 
  • Shares the same birth date and year with his Family Ties costar, Meredith Baxter, who played his wife.


  • William Gross — Father
  • Virginia Gross — Mother
  • Theodore — Stepson
  • Mary Gross — Sister
  • Elza Bergeron — Wife
  • Katharine — Stepdaughter


  • University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, Illinois, United States (BA in Speech and Theatre, 1970); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (MFA in Acting, 1973)

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  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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