- First stage role was in his high school's production of The Sound of Music.
- Directed a production of Grease while in high school.
- Was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at Mississippi State.
- Made his big-screen debut in the 1984 comedy Making the Grade.
- Appeared in the 1985 video for ZZ Top's "Sleeping Bag."
- First major TV role was on long-running soap the Young and the Restless.
- His Touched by an Angel role as Andrew the Angel of Death was originally a recurring one, but he was made a regular in the third season, and remained with the show until its conclusion in 2003.