- The son of a jazz musician (and an accomplished pianist himself), he had planned on a music career, but switched to acting after taking a college course in clowning.
- Trained at New York's Actors Studio.
- Made his film debut in the 1990 thriller Jacob's Ladder.
- Was dubbed "Mr. February" by Entertainment Weekly in 2000 because of appearances in a CBS TV-movie (Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, about the JonBenet Ramsey case), an NBC miniseries (the fantasy The 10th Kingdom) and ABC's NYPD Blue all on the same night (February 27, 2000).
- Placed No. 3 in People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World poll in 2000 (behind Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears).
- Appeared in a 2003 workshop production of In Audelia, a play written by his wife, Anastasia Traina.
- Leatrice Cohen — Mother
- Anastasia Traina — Wife
- Liam Cohen — Son
- Jack Cohen — Father
- State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY (BA in Theatre, 1984)