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Born: July 30, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Orange, Connecticut, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1993:
Appeared in "The Pelican Brief"
1992:
Delivered an assured performance as the corrupt sheriff in "Chrome Soldiers" (USA Network)
1978:
Performed in one-man show, "William Atherton: Acting, Ethics, Person"
1975:
Played saboteur who planted the bomb on "The Hindenberg"
1975:
Portrayed a budding art director smitten by aspiring starlet Karen Black in "The Day of the Locust"
1999:
Portrayed Darryl Zanuck in Martha Coolidge's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (HBO)
1974:
Sang "What'll I Do?" behind title credits for "The Great Gatsby"
1978:
TV miniseries debut, "Centennial" (NBC)
1976:
Acted the part of Bing Ringling in New York Shakespeare Festival production of Guare's "Rich and Famous"
1996:
Co-starred as Dr. Noah Faulkner, the head of the environmentally-controlled scientific community called "Bio-Dome"
1972:
Created title role of David Wiltse's "Suggs in the City" on stage
1971:
Originated title role in off-Broadway production of David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
1971:
Portrayed Ronnie Shaughnessy in original off-Broadway production of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves"
1990:
Reprised role of Thornburg in "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"
1980:
Returned to Broadway in Arthur Miller's "The American Clock"
1997:
Returned to journalistic mode as an arrogant TV newscaster in Costa-Gavras' "Mad City"
1964:
Stage debut in "The Boy Friend" at the Clinton (Connecticut) Playhouse
1972:
Broadway debut, "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window"
1977:
Cast as Diane Keaton's beau in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"
1984:
Co-starred in "Ghostbusters" as the butt of perhaps Bill Murray's funniest line
1988:
Created role of newscaster Dick Thornburg in "Die Hard"
1998:
Essayed pathetically hormonal US President in routine thriller "Executive Power"
1972:
Screen acting debut in "The New Centurions"
1983:
Back on Broadway as Lieutenant Commander John Challee in revival of Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial"
1974:
Gained critical attention for his work opposite Goldie Hawn in Steven Spielberg's "The Sugarland Express"
1997:
Played New York state prosecutor Thomas E Dewey in "Hoodlum"
1995:
Portrayed Allan Pinkerton in "Frank and Jesse" (HBO)

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