Actor who starred in Applause, a 1970 Broadway musical. The role earned him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Before beginning his acting career, he sang with the Knoxville Symphony.
He was nominated for Cable ACE awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1989 for his role as Lou Waters on the Showtime sitcom Brothers.
He married LuJan Hudson in 1955; the couple had five children. He also had two children with singer Diane McAfee.
His daughter, Fiona Apple, had a career as a singer/songwriter.