- Studied chemical engineering in Oklahoma before moving on to drama at New York University, where he also minored in philosophy.
- Appeared as an understudy in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out in 2003, but considers his Broadway debut a starring role in a 2009 revival of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, costarring Mary-Louise Parker.
- Earned fifth Drama Desk Award nomination for Stephen Belber's Dusk Rings a Bell in 2011; his first was in 2000 for Bruce Graham's Coyote on a Fence.
- Has type 1 diabetes, and ran his first marathon—in 3:52:46, by the way—in New York City in 2011 to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; he's since become an avid runner.
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Emmett — Son
- Mike Sparks — Father
- Annie Parisse — Wife
- Jane Sparks — Mother
- Attended Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Drama, 1995)
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