- Was a surfer and lifeguard in high school.
- Attended USC on a water-polo scholarship; also played for the U.S. Junior National water-polo team.
- Began modeling in college (once posed with Sharon Stone for the label of a hair-coloring product); was spotted in GQ magazine by a Hollywood casting director, which led to his role (teacher Roger Phillips) on Happy Days in 1980.
- Made his movie speaking debut in Happy Days creator Garry Marshall's 1982 comedy Young Doctors in Love.
- Joined several popular shows toward the end of their runs, including Happy Days, The Love Boat, Dynasty and Married...With Children.
- Appeared with his wife, Gigi Rice, in the 2004 TV-movie NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323.
- Shawn Weatherly — Ex-significant Other
- Beau Martin McGinley — Son
- Emily McGinley — Mother
- Gigi Rice — Wife
- Bob McGinley — Father
- Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States