- The fifth of 11 children.
- Attended Southwest Minnesota State University on a football scholarship; tried out for The Crucible after injuries sidelined him.
- Studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco after college.
- Made his Broadway debut in the play Mastergate in 1989.
- Received the 2002 Lucille Lortelle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for the off-Broadway play Four.
- Supports a scholarship for SMSU, the Isiah Whitlock Jr. Fine Arts Theatre Endowment.