- Was athletic as a kid and teen; once hit three home runs in an All-Star game and later pitched a 10-inning no-hitter with 20 strikeouts.
- Played football at Brown University.
- Loved movies so much he decided to take an acting class in college and immediately knew acting was his calling.
- Early TV roles included guest spots on The Equalizer, Spenser: For Hire and Kate & Allie before landing pivotal roles in movies Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
- Appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) as Romulan commander Suran.
- Best known for playing the Presidential Chief of Staff on 24 and the principal on Everybody Hates Chris.
- Co-founded theatrical production company the Eumenides Group.
- Is an acclaimed singer and has recorded four CDs; tours with the Jude Ciccolella Band.