Decided to pursue acting after taking a drama class in Germany.
Studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in London.
The producers of The Mummy (1999) were so impressed with him that they rewrote the script so his character could return in the sequel.
In 2011, stood out for his pivotal role as Fifth Column leader Eli Cohn, an extremist and former Mossad agent, on ABC's science-fiction series, V. (He has played a Mossad agent on USA Network's espionage drama, Covert Affairs.)
Ironically, given the nature of some of his roles, he does not like guns.