- His first movie role, 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer, earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination, making him—at the time—the youngest person ever nominated for an Oscar.
- Auditioned for the role after casting agent Shirley Rich visited his first-grade class looking for someone to play the part. Eventually he was one of two finalists, and he was chosen because he looked more like his movie mom, Meryl Streep, than the other candidate did.
- Was paid $5000 for Kramer vs. Kramer.
- Cofounded the Slamdunk Film Festival in 1998.
- Can play saxophone, guitar, piano, harmonica, drums, banjo, violin and flute.
- Fluent in French and Spanish.
- Has appeared a number of times on TV's World Series of Poker.
- 1979, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1980, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
- Michele Henry — Mother
- Clifford Henry — Father
- Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, United States (BA in Psychology, 1993)
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