Known for playing Hershel Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead after his Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Ninth Configuration. Appearing in over 50 films, he is remembered for his work in The Great Gatsby, Pearl Harbor, and Junebug. He later starred in Netflix's The OA.
He hitchhiked from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 1961, where he enrolled in acting classes.
He appeared on the cover of Life Magazine to promote his film In Cold Blood in 1967.
He married Heavenly Koh in 1977.
He played a supporting role in the 1967 Sidney Poitier film In the Heat of the Night.