- Grew up in the Sea Gate community, located at the western end of the Coney Island boardwalk.
- Childhood aspirations included playing catcher for the New York Mets and becoming a doctor.
- Performed in school plays from kindergarten through college, and starred in Binghamton University productions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I Hate Hamlet.
- Played junior varsity basketball and varsity baseball and soccer in college.
- First paid acting job was a corporate training CD-ROM; subsequently appeared in commercials for Dr. Pepper, State Farm, Burger King and AT&T, among others.
- Made his feature debut in the 2004 indie comedy Dorian Blues.
- Landed his first series-regular role on the CW drama Life Unexpected.
- Shari Basis — Mother
- Arthur Basis — Father
- Jeremy Basis — Brother
- Binghamton University, Vestal, New York, United States (BA in Theater); Actors Studio Drama School, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Acting)
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