A former English professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota who also studied at the University of Chicago Divinity School and worked in a hospital as a late-night clerk before pursuing acting.
Began taking courses at Chicago's Second City improv group at age 26. Later officially joined the troupe after John Belushi left.
In 1974, was an investor in Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.
Moved to New York after his stints with Second City and Victory Gardens Theater to further his acting career.
In 1977, co-starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play The Shadow Box.
Was cast as the title role in the ABC sitcom Sledge Hammer! without an audition after show creator Alan Spencer saw his performance in the 1984 film Best Defense.
A friend of playwright David Mamet, and has appeared in several of Mamet's plays.
Heather Lupton — Wife
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, United States (1966)