He played Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage production of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" at the Symphony Space in New York, which featured MacIntyre Dixon, Raul Julia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harold Scott, Bille Brown, and Carole Shelley.
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[on why violence is so common an element in entertainment media] It appeals to the little badness all of us have in our makeup.It's part of human nature and, being privy to that kind of thing, people find it somewhat fascinating and the more you give them, the more they want.
Accomplished singer/actor in numerous Broadway shows. He won a Best Actor (Musical) Tony Award in 1979 for "Sweeney Todd". He was also Tony-nominated in the same category in 1970 for "Applause," and in 1973 for "A Little Night Music," a role he recreated in the film version of the same name, A Little Night Music