Known for his monotone delivery, he made numerous appearances as teachers in The Wonder Years and other shows. He has also hosted his own game show.
In 1970, he graduated from Yale Law School and became a poverty lawyer.
He married Alexandra Denman in 1977, and together they have an adopted son named Tom. He was previously married to Alexandra Denman from 1968 to 1974.
He was a speech writer for President Richard Nixon.