- Raised in Minneapolis, MN, where he was part of the Guthrie Theater Company for many years.
- Made his film debut in Grumpy Old Men (1993).
- Known for his performances as Norm Gunderson in Fargo (1996) and the title character's cross-dressing brother on ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show.
- Lent his voice to the video games Ace Ventura (1996) and Return to Krondor (1998).
- Has had regular roles on the HBO fantasy series Carnivàle, CBS legal drama Close to Home and Fox cop show K-Ville.
- Shares his birth date with rapper-actor Coolio.
- Supports Habitat for Humanity and the St. Bernard Project.
- Brenda Wehle — Wife
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; The Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, United States (BFA in Theater, 1986)