- Began performing in various local theater productions while growing up in Plymouth, MI.
- Understudied Peter Firth in the original Broadway production of Equus only two months after arriving in New York in December, 1973.
- Landed the title role of Mozart in the 1984 feature film Amadeus, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his critically acclaimed portrayal.
- Received his first Tony Award nomination in 1990 originating the character of Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee in the Aaron Sorkin-penned play A Few Good Men; the role was later famously portrayed by Tom Cruise in the 1992 film version, directed by Rob Reiner and costarring Jack Nicholson.
- Produced the 2006 Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Sater, which went on to receive a total of 11 Tony Award nominations and capture 8 wins, including Best Musical, in 2007.
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
- 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 2007, Tony — Musical: Winner
- 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Miniseries or a Special: Winner
- 1984, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 1990, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
- 2010, Tony — Musical: Nominee
- Joanne Hulce — Mother
- Raymond Hulce — Father
- North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States (1974)
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