- Was a ski champion in West Germany at the age of 8; went on to become a professional beach volleyball player and an Ironman triathlete.
- Moved to Australia at age 10; helped his family tend a 400-acre ranch and vegetable farm as a teen.
- Made his acting debut as Sean Hayden in the Australian soap opera Paradise Beach, which aired in the U.S. in 1993.
- Landed the role of Jax on General Hospital in 1996.
- Briefly left General Hospital in 2000 to star in Aaron Spelling's prime-time soap Titans, but the series was short-lived and he returned to GH the following year.
- Moved to Hawaii in 2012 to pursue the sport of stand-up paddle board racing.
- In 2013, competed on Dancing with the Stars; partnered with Kym Johnson and was eliminated in the semifinals.
- Is a board member of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental group dedicated to restoring Santa Monica Bay.