- Got the acting bug when he performed in a second-grade Christmas play.
- Sang in punk-rock bands in high school and college.
- Appeared in several high-school productions and continued studying acting in college.
- Performed with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for two years.
- Early break in show business came when he was cast as a drummer in the short-lived WB series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.
- Cofounded and performed with the sketch-comedy group the Norm.
- Film debut was in the American Idol-inspired From Justin to Kelly in 2003.
- Biggest break came when he earned what was supposed to be a onetime guest appearance on NCIS in 2004 as an assistant medical examiner; his Jimmy Palmer character wound up becoming a regular.
- Routinely volunteers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
- Kelly Dietzen — Wife
- University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (BFA in Acting)
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- Birth Place: Barrington, IL
- Profession: Actor
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