- Left school early to tour Europe with an acting troupe sponsored by the State Department.
- Worked as an English teacher in Beirut and translated pornography in Mexico.
- Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Shadow Box in 1977.
- Played Claudius in the 1992 Broadway revival of Hamlet, opposite James Cromwell as Polonius and Elizabeth McGovern as Ophelia.
- Appeared in the 2010 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge, which was Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut.