- Early TV credits include bit parts on M*A*S*H, Good Times and Man From Atlantis.
- Breakthrough role was Richard Nixon in 1984's Secret Honor at the University of Michigan, where director Robert Altman was a visiting professor. The production was crewed by UM students.
- Met director and frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson in 1992 on the set of a PBS special, where Anderson was a production assistant.
- Nominated for 1997 IFP Best Actor Spirit Award for Hard Eight.
- Memorably appeared in an episode of Seinfeld as library investigation officer Mr. Bookman, with whom Jerry haggles about an overdue book.
- Appeared as two different judges on ABC's The Practice.
- 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Holly Baker — Wife
- Anna Ruth Baker — Daughter
- University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
- Birth Place: Toledo, OH
- Birthday: September 10, 1931, Virgo
- Profession: Actor, Director, Writer
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