Best known as psychiatrist Frasier Crane on TV's Frasier.
He spent two years at Julliard before receiving an internship offer with the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
He lends the voice for Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.
He married Doreen Alderman in 1982, and together they had a daughter named Spencer in 1983.
He played alongside Patrick Stewart in three X-Men films.