- Studied set design in college and was asked to take on a part in a play, which led to his shift to acting.
- First appeared on television in the 1987 made-for-TV movie Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife.
- Won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Moe Howard in the 2000 made-for-TV biopic The Three Stooges.
- Has been cast in roles on many HBO series including The Wire, Entourage and John From Cincinnati.
- Co-authored the play The Good Steno with his mother, Leah Kornfeld Friedman.
- A guest appearance on an episode of the USA Network series Monk led to his role, beginning in 2008, on that network's In Plain Sight.
- Leah Kornfeld Friedman — Mother
- Victor Friedman — Father
- Stewart Friedman — Brother
- Julie Ben-Victor — Wife
- Susan — Sister
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States