Studied acting and piano and started on the New York stage. Was noticed by Robert Altman, who cast him in California Split (1974) and Nashville (1975). In 1983, had a memorable role in the comedy The Big Chill, and was the star of the Mel Brooks-produced remake of The Fly (1986). Has appeared in several comedies and small-budget dramas, but is best known for his appearances in the 1990s blockbuster sci-fi thrillers Jurassic Park (1993), Independence Day (1996) and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997). Appeared in the 2004 production of Pittsburgh CLO's Music Man.