His also acted in other TV Series "Man from Atlantis", "Enola
Gay" (the B29 that dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima) and "Step
He told reporters in A & E "Bibliography" that he belongs to the Nichiren Sect (Japanese Pure Land) and recites om mani padme at least once a day.
Why does he follow the Buddhist path? Because he fell in love with a girl (now his wife of many years) who was a devout Buddhist.