- Started acting in local productions while he was in elementary school.
- Was the lead singer in a rock cover band while in college.
- Made his feature debut in 1990's Days of Thunder as a highway patrol officer.
- Gained cinematic notoriety for his role as the abusive husband of Mary-Louise Parker's character in 1991's Fried Green Tomatoes.
- First regular TV series role was as Deputy Ben Healy in 1995's American Gothic, which was shot in his home state of North Carolina.
- Made his writing and directing debut with Paradise Falls (1997). The film won Best Feature Under a Million at the 1998 Hollywood Film Festival and Best Dramatic Feature at the 1998 Worldfest Houston and Worldfest Charleston.
- Fan of pro wrestling.
- Plays piano and guitar.
- Leslie Riley — Wife
- Chloe Searcy — Daughter
- Attended North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (BA in English, 1982)
- Birth Place: Cullowhee, NC
- Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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