- Along with brother Hogan (a screenwriter for the daytime sudser As the World Turns), performed impromptu sketches for his family at a young age.
- Worked as a waiter, busboy, garbage man and valet before making acting his full-time career.
- Played college football until his athletic aspirations were curtailed by a knee injury.
- Relocated to New York City in 1980, where he was homeless for several weeks before signing with an agent and landing jobs in TV commercials.
- Landed first significant acting role of Ian Hayden on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live during the early 1980s.
- In 1983, made his Broadway debut as Harvey Fierstein's character's lover Alan in Torch Song Trilogy.
- Breakout film role was opposite Emilio Estevez in the 1985 drama That Was Then...This Is Now.
- Along with partner Stephen J. Bratter, formed a production company called Desert Winds Films.
- Gabrielle Anwar — Ex-significant Other
- Willow Anwar — Daughter
- Hogan Sheffer — Brother
- Attended East Stroudsburg State College, East Stroudsburg, PA
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- Birth Name: Craig Eric Sheffer
- Birth Place: York, PA
- Profession: Actor, Producer, Writer
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