Fast Facts

  • Worked in his family's New York deli through high school and college.
  • Received a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
  • Briefly roomed with Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon.
  • Joined San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater before making his film debut in 1970's Alex in Wonderland.
  • Appeared with Madonna in the play Up for Grabs on London's West End in 2002.
  • Is an avid reader and has a collection of valuable, rare books.


  • 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Sam Lerner — Nephew
  • Ken Lerner — Brother


  • City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY (BA); University of California, Berkeley, CA (MA)