Initially aspired to become an architect or civil engineer.
Save for a few classes with Montreal drama teacher Ann Page, he had little acting experience when he was accepted to New York's American Academy for Dramatic Arts.
Nominated for Canada's Genie Awards for supporting roles in Ararat (2002) and Exotica (1994), and won in the lead actor category for Malarek (1989).
Fired after one day of rehearsals from the film adaptation of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) because of his failure to grasp the vocal nuances of the role. He credits the experience with making him a better actor.
Bears a resemblance to actor Christopher Meloni.
2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
1989, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
1994, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
2013, Canadian Screen Awards — Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
2002, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
Jennifer Rubin — Ex-wife
Heather Graham — Ex-significant Other
Attended Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States (1983)