At 5, sailed the south Pacific with his family for five years in a homemade ship.
Was educated during that time at international public schools and by correspondence courses.
Made his acting breakthrough in 1998's Saving Private Ryan.
Said that had he known he was going to win a Razzie award for his work on the 2000 science-fiction film Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000, he would have accepted it in person.
Portrayed two famed athletes—auto-racing legend Dale Earnhardt and home-run king Roger Maris—in made-for-TV movies.
His portrayal of another real-life hero, Robert Kennedy, in the 2011 TV series The Kennedys, earned him acclaim. He spent long hours listening to recordings of RFK's voice in order to get his part down right.
Appeared in Jagged Edge's "Goodbye" music video.
2003, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Picture Made for Television: Nominee
2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
2001, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
Alex Pepper — Brother
Doug Pepper — Brother
Cindy Pepper — Wife
Annaliese Pepper — Daughter
Birth Name: Barry Robert Pepper
Birth Place: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada