- Developed an interest in acting during high school and started performing in community-theater productions.
- Was a regular on the short-lived western series The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. from 1993 to '94.
- Worked as a character actor in film and TV for 20 years before he became well-known for his award-winning role on the ABC series Boston Legal. He joined the show in a recurring role, but his performance earned him a permanent place in the cast in 2007.
- Has had small roles in such films as Hannah and Her Sisters, Legal Eagles, Broadcast News, Apollo 13 and United 93.
- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Ernest Clemenson — Father
- Ruth Clemenson — Mother
- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, CT (1984)
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- Birth Place: Humboldt, IA
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