English actor who is best known for playing Mr Bennet in the 1995 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award.
He served in the King's Dragoon Guards from 1956 to 1958, and began performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981.
He acted in numerous stage productions throughout his career, including appearing in a 1974 production of The Marriage of Figaro at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He married Catherine Cook in 1972 and had two children with her. He also had a son with actress Celia Imrie.
He appeared in the 1996 TV adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, which featured Bob Peck as Shylock.