Started playing music in elementary school, practicing the French horn and flute (he switched to the guitar without initially telling his parents). He plays the guitar, piano and mandolin.
Was accepted into law school, but chose not to go.
After college, he worked as a disc jockey, copywriter and rock guitarist before turning to acting.
Was in a serious car accident in July 1978 that resulted in burns over 65 percent of his body and the amputation of both legs. He spent six months at University of California-Irvine's Regional Burn Center and several years in physical therapy; he walks on two prosthetic limbs.
While still working as a DJ, he began auditioning for film and TV roles, landing his first part in the 1983 Chevy Chase movie Deal of the Century.
Was a board member on the National Organization on Disability from 2004 to 2005; is the National Chairman of the Performers with Disabilities Caucus for SAG, AFTRA and EQUITY.
Served a term as a National Board Member of SAG.
Volunteers with burn victims and amputees; is a member of the Mutual Amputee Foundation.
Is on the board of Mark Taper Forum's Other Voices Project, which promotes empowerment of writers and performers with disabilities.
Does frequent public-speaking engagements.
Released his debut album, Things They Don't Teach You in High School, in 2010. It features Americana roots music---including his own compositions---and was recorded, appropriately, in Austin.
2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
Connie Cole — Ex-wife
Susan Petroni — Ex-wife
Andrew Hall — Son
Mary Martha Davies — Mother
Robert Franklin Hall — Father
Judy Stearns — Wife
University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in English Literature, 1971)
Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey, United States