He played an Italian mafia boss in Wise Guys, starred as Richard Nixon in Dick, and played a role in Clueless.
He taught junior high school before launching his acting a career.
His features resembled Richard Nixon, which resulted in his role as the president in the film Dick in 1999.
He comes from a Sephardic-Jewish family.
He played Alicia Silverstone's father in the 1995 film Clueless.