- Backpacked through Europe, and joined a number of street-theater troupes as a young man.
- Changed his name at the recommendation of a theatrical agent, who suggested that his looks didn't fit his original moniker. Zacapa is his mother's maiden name (she was born in Honduras); Daniel comes from his childhood hero, Daniel Boone.
- Was inducted into his high school's Arts & Academics Hall of Fame in 2009.
- Is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
- Is involved in children's charities, including the Foundation for Youth Non-Violence in Northern California and Woodcraft Rangers in L.A.
- Danette Nelson — Sister
- Robert Pearson — Brother
- Michelle Pearson — Sister
- Argentina Ester Pearson de Zacapa — Mother
- Doriel Nishioka — Sister
- Attended San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, United States