- 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, New York, United States (BA); University of California, Berkeley, California, United States (MA)
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