- Joined the Coast Guard Reserve after high school.
- While enrolled at the University of Missouri, took ballet classes at nearby Stephens College for women, which he credits with helping him overcome extreme shyness.
- Majored in both agriculture and acting at the University of Missouri.
- Played a miner in both 1987's Matewan and 1999's October Sky.
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Critics' Choice Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
BAFTA Film Awards
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