- Played clarinet in his high school band and sang in the choir.
- Theater debut was in a 1970 college production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
- Taught an acting class at the Georgia State Penitentiary in the early 1970s.
- Made his big-screen debut in the 1989 thriller Black Rainbow.
- Has had recurring roles as an inmate on Prison Break and a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent on NCIS.
- Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, United States (BS in Economics, 1971); attended Louisiana Tech, Ruston, Louisiana, United States