- At age 16, worked as a set designer for an amateur theatre company, who cast him in their production of Arsenic and Old Lace.
- Claims he learned his "posh" British accent while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
- Played Osric in Hamlet directed by Trevor Nunn for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1970.
- Received his first television role in the BBC adaptation of Cold Comfort Farm, playing the oversexed Seth Starkadder.
- Received a Best Actor award in 1972 from the London Theatre Critics' Awards for his role in Journey's End.
- An active campaigner for animal rights, serving as an ambassador for Animals Asia Foundation, a charity working to end cruelty to animals across Asia.
- 1974, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Winner
- Doris Egan — Mother
- Myra Frances — Wife
- Rebecca Egan — Daughter
- Michael Thomas Egan — Father
- Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
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