- Started a rock band called Insurrexion at the age of 10; he was the drummer, lead singer and occasional songwriter.
- Played soccer and tennis in high school, lettering seven times, and was president of his varsity club.
- Studied law for a short time at the University of Kansas, planning to follow in the footsteps of his father and brother, both attorneys.
- Secured his Actors Equity card in 1976 with a role in the traveling company of Shenandoah; made his Broadway debut seven years later in the musical Marilyn: An American Fable.
- Early in his career, appeared in commercials for Canada Dry ginger ale and Folgers Coffee.