Chaykin is legendary in film, television and theatre. Born in Brooklyn, Chaykin established himself on both sides of the border as one of the preeminent character actors of our time. His impressive list of film credits include Being Julia, Owning Mahowny, The Art of War, What's Cooking, Mystery Alaska, Entrapment, My Cousin Vinnie, Jerry and Tom, The Postman, A Life Less Ordinary, Love and Death on Long Island, Devil In A Blue Dress and Unstrung Heroes. Chaykin also appeared in Hero with Dustin Hoffman, turned in a scene-stealing role as the suicidal army officer in Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves, and worked with esteemed director Atom Egoyan in The Sweet Hereafter and The Adjuster. Chaykin's performances have garnered numerous awards, including a Genie for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Whale Music, and a Gemini for Best Actor in a Guest Lead on Nikita. The ensemble cast of The Sweet Hereafter won the prestigious New York Film Critics Association Award.
Chaykin's television credits include his memorable award-winning portrayal of the legendary Hal Banks in Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks, as well as Due South, The Tracy Ullman Show, and the title character in the A&E series Nero Wolfe opposite Timothy Hutton. Chaykin's theatre credits include A Man's Man, Leave it to Beaver is Dead, Gimme Shelter, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.