Met wife Nia Vardalos when both were in Chicago performing with the Second City comedy group.
Says the day he was hired for Second City (which also featured Chris Farley at the same time) was one of the happiest of his life.
Made film debut in 1993's Rookie of the Year.
His endearing performance as Javier, the flamboyant coffee-shop manager on The WB's Felicity, was originally supposed to be temporary. His character became so popular that he was rescued from deportation and made a permanent fixture.
During the same period when he was appearing on Felicity, he held roles as a goofy sidekick on ABC's Norm and as a conniving ladder-climber on The Drew Carey Show.
Appeared in wife Nia Vardalos' hit comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), a film she wrote and based on their relationship.