His father ran a laundry business. Theatre happened by a stroke of luck to him. He explained in one of his interview “It was 1971. I was accompanying a friend who was to play Hamlet when the director asked me to read from the play. I said I didn’t want to make an ass of myself. But she pushed me. So I read and later went for a drink at a pub. The director came hurtling down and said, ‘You are it!’ I landed my first acting role but I think I lost a friend”.