- Delivered pizzas in college and worked on the docks in San Pedro, CA, before breaking into acting (in a 1988 episode of the FOX drama 21 Jump Street).
- Made his film debut in the 1989 buddy comedy Never on Tuesday.
- His breakout TV role, Dr. Billy Kronk on Chicago Hope (1995-99), led to his writing and directorial debuts, both on the CBS medical drama.
- Directed his first film, the dark comedy Very Bad Things, in 1998.
- Was robbed at gunpoint while scouting locations in Brazil for the 2003 action flick The Rundown. (It ended up being filmed in Hawaii.)
- Directed the 2004 drama Friday Night Lights, which was adapted from a nonfiction book of the same name by his cousin, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger.
- 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2014, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
- Sally Berg — Mother
- Estella Warren — Ex-significant Other
- Elizabeth Rogers — Ex-wife
- Whitney Cummings — Ex-significant Other
- Larry Berg — Father
- Mary Berg — Sister
- H.G. 'Buzz' Bissinger — Cousin
- Emmett Berg — Son
- Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States (BA in Theater, 1984)
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