- Joined the United States Air Force after high school and was promoted to staff sergeant.
- Was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2002.
- Earned medals for his shooting skills.
- Attended the Groundlings School of Improvisation.
- After performing at an open-mike night, he was approached by Shante Wayans, niece of Damon Wayans; this led to his role on Showtime's The Underground.
- Speaks fluent Assyrian.