- Entered the pre-med program at Memphis State University but discovered a passion for theater and transferred to the arts program.
- After college, took a job as a law-firm secretary while searching for acting auditions.
- Made onscreen debut in the 1979 movie version of Hair, and worked again with director Milos Forman in the film Ragtime (1981).
- Earned accolades for his Tony Award-winning performance in the 1989 Broadway musical Grand Hotel.
- Familiar to television viewers as the math teacher and assistant football coach Herman Stiles on the popular sitcom Evening Shade starring Burt Reynolds.
- Beloved by children as the "other" Mr. Noodle on the Elmo's World portion of Sesame Street.
- Diagnosed as HIV-positive in the early 1990s and first spoke openly about it on the television newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight in 1997.
- 1990, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
- 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor for a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- Emily Jeter — Sister
- William Jeter — Father
- Virginia Jeter — Mother
- Larie Jeter Wicker — Sister
- Virginia Anne Jeter Barham — Sister
- William K. Jeter — Brother
- Sean Blue — Significant Other
- Amanda Jeter Parsons — Sister
- Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee, United States (1974)
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