He starred as Pink's Dad in the 1982 film, Pink Floyd—The Wall, and won a Logie Award for Best Individual Performance. His other credits include Assault, The Dead of Jericho and Minsomer Muders: Beyond the Grave.
In the 1960s, he moved to the U.K. and made his debut with an uncredited role in a production of Women in Love.
He won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
He was raised in Marton, the North Island part of New Zealand.
He played roles in Richard II and Hamlet, which were writen by William Shakespeare.