Actor. Raised in a middle-class environment, he attended Birmingham School of Speech and Drama. He had already began his career on British television in episodes of the series "ITV Play of the Week" and "Z Cars", when he took Broadway by surprise with his Tony Award nominated performance of 'Bill Maitland' in "Inadmissible Evidence" (1965 to 1966). From that point on, he appeared many times on stage where he established himself as an leading man, garnering further honors with "Hamlet" (1969, receiving Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance), "Uncle Vanya" (1974, earning Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination) and "Rex" (1976, receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. Movie audiences will remember him for playing the cocaine-addicted Sherlock Holmes in "The Seven-Per Cent Solution" (1976) and "Excalibur". He was formerly married to actress Jill Townsend. He died from cancer.
Bio by: C.S.