Appeared in commercials for Pampers Diapers at the age of 2.
Made his TV series debut in a two-part 1986 episode of the Michael Landon drama Highway to Heaven; subsequently appeared on '80s sitcoms Charles in Charge, Diff'rent Strokes and Who's the Boss?
Was nominated for Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series and Best Youth Actor in a Soap Opera at the 14th and 15th Annual Youth in Film Awards, respectively, for his role on the long-running The Young & the Restless.
Breakout role came in 2001 with a part in Rob Cohen's car-racing smash The Fast and the Furious, which earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male.
Combined his longtime love for surfing with his acting career when he starred in 2005's Into the Blue.
In 2010, founded the charity REACT Worldwide, which sends money and physical aid to areas struck by natural disasters.
Died in 2013 in a car crash (as the passenger) after attending a charity event.