- The youngest of four children.
- While still in high school, landed the role of Philip the Apostle in a regional tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- After graduation he rejected acceptance to several colleges and conservatories, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, and moved to Los Angeles.
- At the age of 20, landed his breakout role as Julian Sark on Alias.
- Often mistaken as British, as two of his most recognizable roles, Sark on Alias and Takezo Kensei/Adam Monroe on Heroes, required him to speak with a British accent.
- Occasionally fills in as lead singer in Band From TV, featuring his Alias and Heroes co-star, Greg Grunberg.
- Plays Elena's biological father on The Vampire Diaries, even though he's only eight years older than actress Nina Dobrev.