- Took tap-dancing lessons in kindergarten.
- Is an Eagle Scout.
- Originally entered college as a forestry major.
- Boxed competitively in college and once auditioned for a role while sporting two black eyes and a broken nose as the result of a bout.
- Worked on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to earn money to move to New York.
- Studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre under Sanford Meisner.
- Worked as a professional pallbearer, as a baker and at a toilet-paper factory, among other jobs, while struggling to find work as an actor.