Graduate of Long Beach High School, Long Beach, New York. Class of 1965 who voted him "Most Popular."
Was cast as Rob Reiner's best friend in the 1976 "All in the Family" (1968) episode "New Year's Wedding" and became his best friend in real life.
Auditioned for the role of Jack Tripper on "Three's Company" (1976) - the character of a straight man impersonating a gay man. Ironically, he went on to play the role of Jody Dallas on "Soap" (1977) - the first openly gay character on prime-time network television.
In the role of his popular character Fernando, he hit #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1984 with the catchy (and comedic) You Look Mahvelous" which featured Paul Shaffer on keyboards.
Spoke some Russian for his "Midnight Train to Moscow" (1989) cable comedy show.
He was Jay Leno's very first guest on Monday May 25, 1992 when Jay took over the late night throne vacated by Johnny Carson on Friday May 22, 1992.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 124-126. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Is a partial owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and is a New York Yankee fan. The 2 baseball teams played each other in the 2001 World Series, Arizona ended up winning.
Is a big fan of the Zach Braff sitcom "Scrubs" (2001), and donated a clip of When Harry Met Sally... (1989) for an episode.
Granddaughter, Ella Ryan Foley, born 20 June 2003.
Won a Tony Award in 2005 for his play, "700 Sundays".
For his Broadway debut, he won the 2005 Special Theatrical Event Tony for his one-man show "700 Sundays", described as an "autobiographical journey".
Considered for the role of Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray (2007).
Recipient of the Kennedy Center's 2007 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
On March 12, 2008 as a 60th birthday gift, he signed a one day minor league contract with New York Yankees. On March 13, 2008 he played his only game with the Yanks vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at DH wearing #60. In his first and only at bat he made contact with a foul ball but struck out. He received a standing ovation. Just one day later, the Yanks officially released him.