He acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's plays, "The Merchant of Venice," and "Loves Labours Lost;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" and Tom ...
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5' 10" (1.78 m)
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[on whether he harbored any resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater] I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare... An actor must act.
He played a Nazi war criminal, Dr. Christian Szell, in Marathon Man
(1976) and a survivor of the Holocaust, Ezra Lieberman, in The Boys from Brazil
(1978). He received Academy Award nominations for both films - Best Supporting Actor for the former and Best Actor for the latter - but did not win either award.
Often played noble and fiercely proud leaders and royalty figures