- Went to college to study marine biology before turning his focus to acting.
- Trained at Playhouse West in North Hollywood and later became a teacher there.
- Film debut was in 1987's Fatal Beauty.
- Was nominated along with the rest of the cast of 2005's Capote for a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture).
- Known for playing several supernatural characters: the mysterious near-immortal Jacob on Lost, Lucifer on Supernatural and a vampire boss on Being Human.
- Studies various types of martial arts.