Broke into show business in 1969 as a stand-up comic, performing in the same New York clubs as Jimmy Walker, Bette Midler, Freddie Prinze and David Brenner.
Made first appearance on The Tonight Show in December 1971.
Was a member of an improv group (The New York Stickball Team) that appeared on NBC's Dean Martin summer-replacement variety series (starring Bobby Darin) in 1972.
Initial appearance on Barney Miller was in a guest role (as a fraudulent priest) on the series' second-season opener in 1975; introduced the character of Det. Arthur Dietrich as a semiregular in Season 3 and became a regular in Season 4.
Appeared on The Hollywood Squares in the late 1970s.
Hosted a 1983 NBC comedy special.
Met his wife, a TV-commercial producer, while filming a 1985 Ryder Trucks commercial.
Portrayed psychiatrist Dr. Myron Finkelstein on the Starz sitcom Head Case (2007-09).
Final role was on the series finale of the A&E drama The Cleaner (2008-09).
1980, 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
1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee