- Studied illustration in college in hopes of becoming a comic-book artist.
- Made his TV debut on an episode of Family Ties in 1984.
- Big film break came with the lead role in 1991's cult classic The Rocketeer.
- TV GUIDE ranked his Once and Again character Rick Sammler as number 36 on the list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.
- Took a year-long hiatus from acting in 2005 to circumnavigate the globe aboard the Picton Castle, a sail training ship.
- Stands 6'4" tall, a feature used to his advantage when he portrayed Abraham Lincoln in National Geographic Channel's 2013 docudrama Killing Lincoln.
- 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 2000, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: Winner
- Virginia Madsen — Ex-fiancée
- Jennifer Connelly — Ex-fiancée
- Attended the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Birth Name: William Oliver Campbell
- Birth Place: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
- Profession: Actor, Producer
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