- Attended first two years of high school in Urbana, IL, and coedited a science-fiction newspaper with Roger Ebert.
- Received a scar on his chin in a bicycle accident in his mid-30s.
- Frequent narrator for PBS documentaries.
- Charter member of John Houseman's Acting Company, which also consisted of Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone.
- Conducted symphony and pop orchestras.
- Frequently collaborated with Woody Allen, beginning with 1988's Another Woman.
- Did voice-over work in several Disney movies, including Cogsworth in Beauty & the Beast (1991), Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas (1995) and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Lilo & Stitch (2002).
- 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee
- 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee
- 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
- Margaret Stiers — Mother
- Kenneth Stiers — Father
- Attended University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States; The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (1972)