1950 – He was born on the 1st day of October of this year in Houston, Texas, USA, and is married to former Helmut Newton model Evi Quaid.
1973 – He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail on this year.
1985 – He has other television appearances on this year until 1986; include a season as a Saturday Night Live cast member.
1987 – He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years on this year.
2004 – He appeared on stage on this year, undertaking the starring role of Frank in the world premiere of Sam Shepard’s “The God of Hell” produced by the New School University at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York.
2005 – He starred as Bill Geurrard in the Universal Pictures film The Ice Harvest on this year.
2006 – He filed a lawsuit for $10 million on the 23rd day of March plus punitive damages against Focus Features (LLC), Del Mar Productions (LLC), James Schamus, David Linde. It was allegedly both intentionally and negligently misrepresented Brokeback Mountain as being, "a low-budget, art house film with no prospect of making any money" in order to secure his professional acting services at a considerably lower rate to his usual fee.
2007 – He portrays King Carlos the IV in Goya’s Ghosts on this year, a role for which he learned to play the violin, and he stars in the comedy Gary the Tennis Coach alongside Sean William Scott.