- Originally intended to make a career in modern dance before a knee injury sidelined his plans.
- Was inspired to pursue acting in earnest after attending the Edinburgh Film Festival in his early 20s.
- Made his stage debut in Tooth of Crime at the Williamstown (MA) Theatre Festival in 1978.
- Won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer for his role of Chris Keller in a 1987 revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
- Was diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a nerve disorder that temporarily causes partial facial paralysis, while working on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2005. The writers incorporated his condition into the script.
- Has loved jazz since he was 17.
- 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1987, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- Josephine Suzanne Sheridan — Mother
- Marvin Daniel Sheridan — Father
- Quin Kalis Sheridan — Son
- Collette Kilroy — Wife
- University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States (BA, 1976)
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- Birth Name: James Patrick Sheridan
- Birth Place: Pasadena, California, United States
- Profession: Actor
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