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)
Birth Place: Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States