Known best for his starring role in the 1970 BBC series The Six Wives of Henry VIII, this Australian-born stage and screen actor also appeared as Heathcliff in the 1962 BBC version of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.
At the beginning of his career as a theatrical actor and singer, he performed in the original London production of Man of La Mancha and went on to co-star with June Bronhill in a 1964 musical titled Robert And Elizabeth.
In the mid 1970s, he served as artistic director of Sussex, England's Chichester Festival Theatre.
He was raised in Warnertown, South Australia. His marriage to Czechoslovakian-born actress Jeanette Sterke resulted in a son named Paul and an actress daughter named Helena.
He appeared with Angela Lansbury in several episodes of the popular American television series Murder, She Wrote.