Two-time Tony nominated actor who won a Drama Desk Award for his iconic portrayal of Hamlet in 1969, and starred as Merlin in the 1981 film Excalibur.
He served his National Service as a gunner in the Airborne Division before making his professional acting debut at the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1960. He made his London debut in a 1962 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court Theatre.
He won his second Drama Desk Award in 1974 for his performance in Uncle Vanya. He was nominated for three BAFTA Awards, for his roles in The Bofors Gun, Inadmissible Evidence, and The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
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He starred opposite Helen Mirren in Excalibur, despite the two actors hating each other intensely after previously appearing together in Macbeth.