Stacy Keach

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Stacy Keach
Keach in 2007
Walter Stacy Keach Jr.

(1941-06-02) June 2, 1941 (age 82)
CitizenshipUnited States
Poland (since 2015)
Years active1964–present
  • Kathryn Baker
    (m. 1964, divorced)
  • Marilyn Aiken
    (m. 1975; div. 1979)
  • Jill Donahue
    (m. 1981; div. 1986)
  • (m. 1986)
RelativesJames Keach (brother)

Walter Stacy Keach Jr. (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor, active in theatre, film and television since the 1960s. Keach first distinguished himself in Off-Broadway productions and remained a prominent figure in American theatre across his career, particularly as a noted Shakespearean.[1][2][3] He is the recipient of several theatrical accolades, four Drama Desk Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards and two Obie Awards for Distinguished Performance by an Actor. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Arthur Kopit's 1969 production of Indians.[3]

In film, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of a washed-up boxer in the John Huston film Fat City (1972) and appeared as Sergeant Stedenko in Cheech & Chong's films Up in Smoke (1978) and Nice Dreams (1981).[4] His other notable film credits include Brewster McCloud (1970), Doc (1971), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), Luther (1973), Slave of the Cannibal God (1979), The Ninth Configuration (1980), The Long Riders (1980), Escape from L.A. (1996), American History X (1998), The Bourne Legacy (2012) and Nebraska (2013).

Keach is known to television audiences for his portrayal of private detective Mike Hammer on the television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1984–1987), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, as Ken Titus on the sitcom Titus (2000–2002) and as the narrator of the crime documentary series American Greed (2007–present). He also had recurring roles on series such as Prison Break (2005–2007), Two and a Half Men (2010) and Blue Bloods (2016–). He won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for playing Ernest Hemingway on the television miniseries Hemingway (1988).

He is an inductee of the Theatre Hall of Fame and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019. He is the son of theatre director Stacy Keach Sr., and the older brother of actor James Keach.

Early life and education[edit]

Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Stacy Keach Sr., a theatre director, drama teacher, and actor with dozens of television and theatrical film credits billed as "Stacy Keach."[5] The younger Keach was born with a cleft lip and a partial cleft of the hard palate, and he underwent numerous operations as a child. Throughout his adult life he has usually worn a mustache to hide the scars. He is now the honorary chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation and advocates for insurance coverage for surgeries.[6]

He graduated from Van Nuys High School in June 1959, where he was class president,[7] then earned two BA degrees at the University of California, Berkeley (1963): one in English, the other in Dramatic Art. He earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1966 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[8]

While studying in London, Keach met Laurence Olivier, his acting hero.[9]



Keach in 1969 (Central Park, New York City)

Keach played the title role in MacBird!, an Off-Broadway anti-war satire by Barbara Garson staged at the Village Gate in 1966. In 1967, he was cast, again Off-Broadway, in George Tabori's The Niggerlovers with Morgan Freeman in his acting debut. To this day, Freeman credits Keach with teaching him the most about acting.[10] In 1967, Keach also starred in We Bombed in New Haven, a play by Joseph Heller that premiered in New Haven at the Yale Repertory Theatre and later was produced on Broadway. Keach first appeared on Broadway in 1969 as Buffalo Bill in Indians by Arthur Kopit.[11] Early in his career, he was credited as Stacy Keach Jr. to distinguish himself from his father. He played the lead actor in The Nude Paper Sermon, an avant-garde musical theatre piece for media presentation, commissioned by Nonesuch Records by composer Eric Salzman.

Keach has won numerous awards, including Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Vernon Rice Awards. In the early 1980s, he starred in the title role of the national touring company of the musical Barnum, composed by Cy Coleman.[12] In 1991 and 1996 he won Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Actor for his work in Richard III and Macbeth with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. In 1998, he was one of the three characters in a London West End production of 'Art' with David Dukes and George Wendt.

In 2006, Keach performed the lead role in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. In 2008, he played Merlin in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, done with the New York Philharmonic. In the summer of 2009, Shakespeare Theatre Company remounted the production of King Lear at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., for which Keach won another Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor.[13][14]

He has played the title role in two separate productions of Hamlet.[15]

In 2008 and 2009, Keach portrayed Richard M. Nixon in the U.S. touring company of the play Frost/Nixon.[13]

On December 16, 2010, Keach began performances as patriarch Lyman Wyeth in the off-Broadway premiere of Jon Robin Baitz' acclaimed new play Other Desert Cities. The production transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre, where it opened November 3, 2011.

Keach is a founding member of L.A. Theatre Works. He has performed leads in many productions with the company, including 'Willy Loman' in Death of a Salesman and 'John Proctor' in The Crucible.[16]

He was scheduled to return to Broadway in December 2014 in the revival of Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre alongside Diana Rigg, but the production closed before Keach and Rigg began their runs.[17]

Keach was scheduled to play Ernest Hemingway in Jim McGrath's one-man play Pamplona at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago from May 30 to June 25, 2017. Keach appeared in previews of Pamplona, May 19 through May 28, and was well received by audiences. On opening night, he suffered a mild heart attack on stage and the next day, Keach had bypass surgery.[18] On June 2, the Goodman Theatre announced that the entire run would be canceled after Keach's doctors advised a period of rest and recuperation.[19]

Keach returned to the role at The Goodman one year later, July 10 through August 18, 2018. Keach said it would fulfill an obligation "to the play, to the city and to myself".[20][21]


Keach played a rookie policeman in The New Centurions (1972), opposite George C. Scott. That year he also starred in Fat City, a boxing film directed by John Huston. He was the first choice for the role of Damien Karras in the 1973 movie The Exorcist, but he did not accept the role. He went on to play Kane in the 1980 movie The Ninth Configuration, written and directed by Exorcist author William Peter Blatty; this role was itself intended for Nicol Williamson.

Keach was narrator of the 1973 Formula One racing documentary Champions Forever, The Quick and the Dead by Claude du Boc. He played Cheech & Chong's police department nemesis Sgt. Stedenko in Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams. He also appeared as Barabbas in Jesus of Nazareth. In 1978, he played a role of explorer and scientist in Slave of the Cannibal God, co-starring former Bond girl Ursula Andress.[13] The film became a cult favorite as a "video nasty". Another one of his screen performances was as Frank James (elder brother of Jesse) in The Long Riders (1980). His brother James played Jesse James. Keach starred in the 1981 Australian thriller Roadgames alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. In 1982, Keach starred in Butterfly with Pia Zadora and Orson Welles. In the 1993 movie, Body Bags he played a man who is obsessed with hair.

He portrayed a white supremacist in American History X, alongside Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. In Oliver Stone's 2008 biographical film W., Keach portrays a Texas preacher whose spiritual guidance begins with George W. Bush's AA experience, but extends long thereafter.

Keach also starred in the TV film Ring of Death playing a sadistic prison warden who runs an underground fight club where prisoners compete for their lives. He had also starred in the movie Planes as Skipper Riley, main character Dusty Crophopper's flight instructor. He reprised the role in Planes: Fire & Rescue.

In 2012, Keach had a supporting role in The Bourne Legacy, and in the 2013 Alexander Payne film Nebraska. In the 2017 film Gotti, Keach played the part of Neil Dellacroce, the underboss of the Gambino crime family.


Keach as Mike Hammer and Tanya Roberts as Velda in Murder Me, Murder You in 1983

Keach's first-ever experience as a series regular on a television program was playing the lead role of Lieutenant Ben Logan in Caribe in 1975.[22] He played Barabbas in 1977's Jesus of Nazareth, and portrayed Jonas Steele, a psychic and Scout of the United States Army in the 1982 CBS miniseries, The Blue and the Gray. He later portrayed and is best known as Mike Hammer in the CBS television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and The New Mike Hammer from 1984 to 1987. He returned to the role of Hammer in Mike Hammer, Private Eye, a new syndicated series that aired from 1997 to 1998. In 1988, he starred as Ernest Hemingway in the made-for-TV movie Hemingway.[23] He also hosted segments for the Encore Mystery premium cable network in the late 1990s and 2000s.

In 2000, he played Ken Titus, the sarcastic, chain-smoking, five-times-divorced functional alcoholic father of the title character in Fox's sitcom Titus. Cast members of Titus have commented they enjoyed working with Keach because he would find a way to make even the driest line funny.[24]

Keach lent his voice to The Simpsons episodes "Hungry, Hungry Homer", "Old Yeller-Belly", "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play", and "Waiting for Duffman", portraying Duff Brewery President Howard K. Duff VIII, and the Batman Beyond episode "Lost Soul" as Robert Vance, a deceased businessman resurrected as an artificial intelligence. He also guest starred in a 2005 episode of the sitcom Will & Grace, and had a recurring role as Warden Henry Pope in the Fox drama Prison Break. Keach was in an episode of Perry Mason.

In 2006, he acted in the mini-series Blackbeard, made for the Hallmark Channel. It was directed by Kevin Connor, and starred Angus Macfadyen, with Richard Chamberlain, David Winters, and Jessica Chastain.[25] In 2011, Keach co-starred as "Pops", the father of the main character in the short lived boxing drama series Lights Out.

In November 2013, Keach appeared on the Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in the episode "Old School".[26] In February 2015, Keach started guest appearing in NCIS: New Orleans as Cassius Pride, father of NCIS Agent Dwayne Pride.[27] He played the elderly father Bob on the 2016 sitcom Crowded. Beginning in 2016, Keach occasionally appears on CBS's drama Blue Bloods as Archbishop Kevin Kearns. In 2017, Keach started guest appearing in Man with a Plan as Joe Burns, father of Adam Burns (played by co-star Matt LeBlanc) and was later promoted to series regular status for season three. He played the role of Robert Vesco, Raymond Reddington's former mentor and criminal muse, on the TV series The Blacklist.


Keach narrated several episodes of Nova, National Geographic, and various other informational series. From 1989 to 1992, he was host of the syndicated informational reenactment show, Missing Reward, which had a similar format to the popular Unsolved Mysteries at the time. From 1992 to 1995, he became the voice-over narrator for the paranormal series Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories.[citation needed]

Beginning in 1999, he served as the narrator for the home video clip show World's Most Amazing Videos, which is now seen on Spike TV. He currently hosts The Twilight Zone radio series. Keach can also be heard narrating the CNBC series American Greed, from its 2007 inception to the 2022-23 season. For the PBS series American Experience, he narrated The Kennedys, among others.[citation needed]

In 2008, Keach once again reprised his famous role as Mike Hammer in a series of full-cast radio dramatizations for Blackstone Audio. (He also arranged and performed the music for the audio dramas. His wife, Malgosia Tomassi, also starred in the dramas, playing Maya Ricci, a yoga instructor.) Keach has also read many of Mickey Spillane's original Mike Hammer novels as Audiobooks.

Keach played the role of John in The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible, a 22-hour audio version of the RSV-CE translation of the New Testament.[28] He also voiced both Job and Paul the Apostle in The Word of Promise, a 2007 dramatic audio presentation based on the New King James Version.[29]

On January 6, 2014, Keach became the official voice of The Opie and Anthony Channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Sirius Channel 206, XM Channel 103).[citation needed] Keach is the voice of CNBC's American Greed, now on their thirteenth season.


Keach is an accomplished pianist and composer. He sang backing vocals on the Judy Collins hit song "Amazing Grace". He is also credited with co-writing a song, "Easy Times", on the Judy Collins live album Living. He provided music for the film Imbued, directed by Rob Nilssen. He has also completed composing the music for the Mike Hammer audio radio series, "Encore For Murder", written by Max Collins, directed by Carl Amari, and produced by Blackstone Audio.

Personal life[edit]

Keach's star at the Orpheum Theatre, 2010

Keach has been married four times: to Kathryn Baker in 1964, to Marilyn Aiken in 1975, to Jill Donahue in 1981, and to Małgorzata Tomassi in 1986.[30] He has two children with Małgorzata: son Shannon Keach and daughter Karolina Keach. In 2015, Keach became a Polish citizen.[31]

His brother James is an actor and television director.

Keach is a Roman Catholic.

Legal issues[edit]

In 1984, Customs & Excise officers arrested Keach at Heathrow Airport for importation of cocaine. Keach pleaded guilty, and served six months at Reading Prison.[32] Keach stated that his time in prison, which he described as the lowest point of his life, and the friendship he formed with a priest during that time led to his conversion to Catholicism. Subsequently, he and his wife met Pope John Paul II. His wife, Małgorzata Tomassi, had attended the same school in Warsaw as the pope.[33]


In 2015, Keach was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[34] In 2019, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[35]

Partial stage credits[edit]

Title Run Role Original venue Notes Ref.
The Comedy of Errors 07/21/1962-08/30/1962 Antipholus of Syracuse Oregon Shakespeare Festival [36]
Henry IV, Part 2 07/22/1962-08/31/1962 Earl of Westmorland [36]
Coriolanus 07/24/1962-09/02/1962 Senator [36]
Henry V 07/27/1963-09/05/1963 Henry V [36]
Romeo and Juliet 07/25/1963-09/07/1963 Mercutio [36]
Love's Labour's Lost 07/26/1963-09/08/1963 Lord Berowne [36]
Hamlet 06/16/1964-07/04/1964 Marcellus / First Player Delacorte Theater, Off-Broadway [37]
Danton's Death 10/21/1965-11/27/1965 Performer Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway [38]
The Country Wife 12/09/1965-01/23/1966 Mr. Horner [38]
The Caucasian Chalk Circle 03/24/1966-06/18/1966 Performer [38]
Annie Get Your Gun 08/23/1966-08/27/1966 Sitting Bull Williamstown Theatre Festival [39]
You Can't Take It with You 07/01/1966-07/09/1966 Boris Kolenkhov [39]
Incident at Vichy 07/12/1966-07/16/1966 Prinz von Berg [39]
The Lion in Winter 07/19/1966-07/23/1966 Richard [39]
Marat/Sade 07/26/1966-07/30/1966 Jean-Paul Marat [39]
MacBird! 02/22/1967-01/21/1968 MacBird Village Gate, Off-Broadway [37]
The Niggerlovers 10/01/1967-10/22/1967 August / The Man Orpheum Theatre, Off-Broadway [37]
We Bombed in New Haven 12/04/1967-12/23/1967 Captain Starkey Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven [40]
Henry IV, Part 1 01/29/1968-02/10/1968 John Falstaff [40]
Henry IV, Part 2 [40]
Three Sisters 03/04/1968-03/16/1968 Baron Tusenbach Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven Also composer [40]
Henry IV, Part 1 06/11/1968-08/03/1968 John Falstaff Delacorte Theater, Off-Broadway [37]
Henry IV, Part 2 06/18/1968-08/03/1968 [37]
King Lear 11/07/1968-02/12/1969 Edmund Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway [38]
Peer Gynt 07/08/1969-08/02/1969 Peer Gynt Delacorte Theater, Off-Broadway [37]
Indians 05/01/1969-06/08/1969 Buffalo Bill Arena Stage, Washington D.C. [40]
10/13/1969-01/03/1970 Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway [38]
Long Day's Journey into Night 04/21/1971-08/22/1971 James Tyrone Jr. Promenade Theatre, Off-Broadway [37]
Hamlet 01/21/1972-02/12/1972 Prince Hamlet Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven [40]
05/20/1972-07/16/1972 Delacorte Theater, Off-Broadway [37]
Deathtrap 01/15/1979-09/02/1980 Sidney Bruhl Music Box Theatre, Broadway Replacement [38]
Barnum 05/12/1981-08/22/1981 P. T. Barnum U.S. tour [38]
Sleuth 05/03/1988-08/08/1988 Milo Tindle [38]
Richard III 09/11/1990-11/10/1990 Richard Folger Theater, Washington D.C. [40]
Solitary Confinement 11/08/1992-11/29/1992 Richard Jannings Nederlander Theatre, Broadway [38]
The Kentucky Cycle 09/11/1993-10/07/1993 Various Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. [40]
11/14/1993-12/12/1993 Royale Theatre, Broadway [38]
An Inspector Calls 05/07/1996-08/04/1996 Arthur Birling U.S. tour [38]
A Christmas Carol 12/09/2003-12/27/2003 Ebenezer Scrooge Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston [40]
Finishing the Picture 09/21/2004-11/07/2004 Phillip Ochsner Goodman Theatre, Chicago [40]
King Lear 09/09/2006-10/22/2006 Lear [40]
White Christmas 07/08/2007-07/15/2007 General Henry Waverly Benedum Center, Pittsburgh [40]
A Love Like No Other 10/02/2008-10/26/2008 Malibu Playhouse, Malibu Also playwright [40]
Frost/Nixon 09/30/2008-05/10/2009 President Richard Nixon U.S. tour [38]
King Lear 06/16/2009-07/19/2009 Lear Sidney Harman Hall, Washington D.C. [40]
Other Desert Cities 01/13/2011-02/27/2011 Lyman Wyeth Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway [37]
11/03/2011-06/17/2012 Booth Theatre, Broadway [38]
Death of a Salesman 03/16/2011-03/20/2011 Willy Loman Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles [40]
Uncle Vanya 10/17/2013-10/20/2013 Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky James Bridges Theater, Los Angeles [40]
Henry IV, Part 1 03/24/2014-06/07/2014 John Falstaff Sidney Harman Hall, Washington D.C. [40]
Henry IV, Part 2 04/01/2014-05/08/2014 [40]
Love Letters 09/13/2014-12/14/2014 Andrew Makepeace Ladd III Brooks Atkinson Theater, Broadway [41]
Pamplona 05/19/2017-05/30/2017 Ernest Hemingway Goodman Theatre, Chicago [40]
07/10/2018-08/10/2018 [40]

Other stage credits[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Blount Credited as 'Stacy Keach Jr.'
1970 End of the Road Jacob Horner
The Traveling Executioner Jonas Candide
Brewster McCloud Abraham Wright
1971 Doc Doc Holliday
1972 Fat City Billy Tully
The New Centurions Roy Fehler
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Bad Bob
1973 Luther Martin Luther
1974 The Gravy Train Calvin
Watched! Mike Mandell / 'Sonny'
1975 Conduct Unbecoming Cpt. Harper
1976 Street People Charlie Hanson
The Killer Inside Me Lou Ford
1977 The Squeeze Jim Naboth
The Duellists Narrator Voice
1978 The Greatest Battle Maj. Mannfred Roland
Gray Lady Down Cpt. Bennett
Slave of the Cannibal God Prof. Edward Foster
Up in Smoke Sgt. Stedenko
Two Solitudes Huntley McQueen
1980 The Ninth Configuration Col. Vincent "Killer" Kane
The Long Riders Frank James Also writer and executive producer
1981 Roadgames Patrick Quid
Nice Dreams Sergeant Stedenko
1982 Butterfly Jess Tyler
That Championship Season James Daley
1990 Class of 1999 Dr. Bob Forest
Milena Jesenski
False Identity Ben Driscoll / Harlan Errickson
1993 Sunset Grill Harrison Shelgrove
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Carl Beaumont, Phantasm Voice[47]
1994 Raw Justice Deputy Mayor Bob Jenkins
New Crime City Wynorski
1996 Escape From L.A. Cdr. Mac Malloy
Prey of the Jaguar The Commander
1997 The Sea Wolf Cpt. Wolf Larsen
Future Fear Gen. Wallace
1998 American History X Cameron Alexander
Sea Devils Cpt. Savienko
1999 Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return Dr. Michaels
Fear Runs Silent Mr. Hill
2000 Unshackled Warden Kelso
Icebreaker Bill Foster
Militia George Armstrong Montgomery
Mercy Streets Tom
2001 Sunstorm General John Parker
2003 When Eagles Strike General Thurmond
2004 The Hollow Claus Van Ripper
Caught in the Headlights Mr. Jones
Galaxy Hunter 3V3
El Padrino: The Latin Godfather Governor Lancaster
2005 Man with the Screaming Brain Dr. Ivanov
Keep Your Distance Brooks Voight
2006 Come Early Morning Owen Allen
Jesus, Mary and Joey Jack O'Callahan
2007 Honeydripper Sheriff
2008 W. Earle Hudd
2009 Chicago Overcoat Ray Berkowski
The Boxer Joe
2011 Weather Wars Marcus Grange
Cellmates Warden Merville
Jerusalem Countdown Jackson
2012 The Great Chameleon Max
The Bourne Legacy Adm. Mark Turso
2013 Ooga Booga
Planes Skipper Riley Voice[47]
Nebraska Ed Pegram
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Skipper Riley Voice[47]
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Alarich 'Kraut' Wallenquist
If I Stay Grandpa
2015 Truth Lt. Col. Bill Burkett
2016 Cell Charles Ardai
Gold Clive Coleman
2017 Girlfriend's Day Gundy
2018 Gotti Aniello Dellacroce
2020 Survival Skills The Narrator
TBA Lost & Found in Cleveland Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Channing The Colleague Episode: "The Face in the Sun"
1967 The Winter's Tale Autolycus Television film
1968 Macbeth Banquo
1971 NET Playhouse Wilbur Wright Episode: "The Wright Brothers"
1973 Incident at Vichy Television play, director
The Man of Destiny Napoleon Bonaparte Television film
1974 All the Kind Strangers Jimmy Wheeler
Great Performances Chorus Episode: "Antigone"
1975 Caribe Lieutenant Ben Logan 13 episodes
1976 Dynasty Matt Blackwood Television film
Six Characters in Search of an Author Television play, director
Lincoln Politician Episode: "Crossing Fox River"
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Barabbas 2 episodes
1978 The Fitzpatricks Unnamed Character Episode: "The New Fitzpatrick"
Saturday Night Live Man In Cold As Ice Episode: "Christopher Lee/Meatloaf"
1980 A Rumor of War Major Ball 2 episodes
1982 The Blue and the Gray Jonas Steele 3 episodes
1983 Princess Daisy Prince Alexander 'Stash' Valensky 2 episodes
Murder Me, Murder You Mike Hammer Television film
1984 Mistral's Daughter Julien Mistral 4 episodes
More Than Murder Mike Hammer Television film
1984–1987 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer 48 episodes
1986 The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Television film
Intimate Strangers Dr. Jeff Bierston
1988 Hemingway Ernest Hemingway 4 episodes
1989 The Forgotten Adam Roth Television film
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All Mike Hammer
1989–1992 Missing: Reward Himself (host) Documentary series
1991 The Mysteries of the Dark Jungle Col. Edward Corishant 3 episodes
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis CPT. Charles B. McVay III Television film
1992 Lincoln George McClellan Voice, television film
Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories Narrator Voice, documentary
Revenge on the Highway Claude Sams Television film
1993 Rio Diablo 'Kansas'
Body Bags Richard Coberts
In the Heat of the Night Wade Hatton 2 episodes
1994 Against Their Will: Women in Prison Jack Devlin Television film
Texas Sam Houston
1995 Young Ivanhoe Pembrooke
Amanda & the Alien Emmitt Mallory
1996 The Pathfinder Compte Du Leon
1997 Promised Land Ned Bernhart Episode: "Downsized"
Legend of the Lost Tomb Dr. William Bent Television film
Murder in My Mind Cargill
1997–1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Mike Hammer 26 episodes; also executive producer
1997, 2003 Touched by an Angel Ty Duncan / Maury Hoover 2 episodes
1998 Planet of Life Narrator Voice, 7 episodes
1998–2001 Rugrats Marvin Finster Voice, 3 episodes[47]
1999 Batman Beyond Robert Vance Voice, episode: "Lost Soul"[47]
2000 The Courage to Love Jean Baptiste Television film
The Outer Limits Cord Van Owen Episode: "The Gun"
2000–2002 Titus Ken Titus 54 episodes
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Bart Pointdexter Television film
The Zeta Project Roland De Fleures Voice, episode: "The Next Gen"[47]
2001–2016 The Simpsons Various Voice, 6 episodes
2002 The Santa Trap Max Hurst Television film
Girls Club Harold Falcon Episode: "Book of Virtues"
2003 Miracle Dogs C.W. Aldrich Television film
How Do You Change Your Parents? [de] Richard Henderson
Frozen Impact Pete Crane
2003–2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Harold Lind / The Mayor Voice, 2 episodes
2005 George Lopez Blaine McNamara Episode: "George Stare-oids Down Jason"
Will & Grace Wendell Schacter Episode: "From Queer to Eternity"
2005–2007 Prison Break Henry Pope 23 episodes
2006 Desolation Canyon Samuel Kendrick Television film
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Secretary Collin Reed
Blackbeard Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Death Row John Elias
2007 ER Mike Gates 3 episodes
2007–present American Greed Narrator Voice, 198 episodes
2008 Lone Rider Robert Hattaway Television film
Ring of Death Warden Golan
2009 Meteor Sheriff Crowe
The Nanny Express Reverend McGuiness
2010 Two and a Half Men Tom 4 episodes
2011 Lights Out 'Pops' Leary 13 episodes
Bored to Death Bergeron 2 episodes
Mater's Tall Tales Skipper Voice, episode: "Air Mater"
Hindenburg: The Last Flight Edward Van Zandt Television film
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "Murphy Brown Lied to Us"
2012–2013 The Neighbors Dominick Weaver 3 episodes
2013 Sean Saves the World Lee Thompson 3 episodes
1600 Penn Senator Frohm Thoroughgood 2 episodes
Anger Management Ray Episode: "Charlie and Deception Therapy"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jimmy Brogan Episode: "Old School"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Orion Bauer Episode: "American Disgrace"[48]
Enlisted Patrick Episode: "Vets"
Jennifer Falls Mike Episode: "Jennifer's Song"
The Exes Bill Drake Episode: "An Officer and a Dental Man"
2015 Hot in Cleveland Alex 2 episodes
Full Circle Bud O'Rourke 8 episodes
2015–2019 NCIS: New Orleans Cassius Pride 6 episodes
2016 Crowded Bob Moore 13 episodes
Blunt Talk Arthur Bronson 2 episodes
Ray Donovan Marty 'The Texan' Swanbeck 2 episodes
2016–present Blue Bloods Archbishop Kevin Kearns 10 episodes
2017 Tokyo Trial Narrator Voice, 4 episodes
2017–2020 Man with a Plan Joe Burns 48 episodes
2019–2023 The Blacklist Robert Vesco 6 episodes
2020 Kidding Himself Episode: "The Death of Fil"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Work Outcome
CableACE Award 1994 Actor in a Dramatic Program Body Bags Nominated
Drama Desk Award 1967 Outstanding Performance MacBird! Won
1970 Indians Won
1971 Long Day's Journey into Night Won
1973 Hamlet Won
1994 Outstanding Actor in a Play The Kentucky Cycle Nominated
Golden Globe Award 1985 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Nominated
1989 Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Hemingway Won[a]
Helen Hayes Award 1996 Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play Macbeth Nominated
2009 Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Play Frost/Nixon Won
2010 Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play King Lear Won
Hollywood Film Award 2016 Ensemble of the Year Gold Won
Jeff Award 2018 Outstanding Solo Performance Pamplona Nominated
Laurel Award 1971 Star of Tomorrow, Male End of the Road 8th place
Obie Award 1967 Distinguished Performance by an Actor MacBird! Nominated
1973 Hamlet Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 1988 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Hemingway Nominated
Satellite Award 2001 Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Titus Nominated
2019 Mary Pickford Award Won
Tony Award 1970 Best Actor in a Play Indians Nominated

Critics awards[edit]

Association Year Category Work Outcome
Kansas City Film Critics Circle 1972 Best Actor Fat City Won[b]
Outer Critics Circle 2011 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Other Desert Cities Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society 2014 Best Ensemble Cast Nebraska Nominated

Film festivals[edit]

Festivals Year Category Work Outcome
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2020 Best Actor in a Feature Film Survival Skills Won
Oldenburg International Film Festival 2007 Star of Excellence Won
Honorary Award Won
San Diego International Film Festival 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
St. Louis International Film Festival 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Won


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