- Was placed, with his family, in an internment camp during WWII.
- Dubbed English lines for eight different voices in the Japanese sci-fi movie Rodan (1956).
- In 1959, made his first TV appearance in Playhouse 90.
- Made feature-film debut in Ice Palace (1960) opposite Richard Burton.
- Was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
- Carried the Olympic torch for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, CA.
- In 1986, received a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
- Has been a guest narrator for several symphony orchestras.
- Interests include running, architecture and historic preservation.
- Is Buddhist.