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  • 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.


  • Chloe Searcy — Daughter
  • Leslie Riley — Wife


  • Attended North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (BA in English, 1982)

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  • Birth Place: Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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