Television and film character actor especially known for his mobster roles. He appeared on the soap opera General Hospital, as well as in such high-profile films as Donnie Brasco and The Funeral.
He appeared in his first movie, Death Wish, in 1974.
He played the role of Frank Chalmers on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Growing up in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, he initially pursued a career as a singer.
Early in his career, he shared the screen with Robert Duvall in the crime movie Badge 373.