He trained at the Actors Studio, then made his New York stage debut in 1959; he went on to appear as a leading man and second lead in many off- and on-Broadway productions. For his performance in Transfers he won an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award, and won another Drama Desk Award for We Bombed in New Haven. He debuted onscreen in Where's Poppa (1970) and thereafter appeared sporadically in films, often playing offbeat characters. He starred in the title role of the '70s TV series Kaz. He is married to actress Linda Lavin.