- Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
- Made his big-screen debut with a small role as a police officer in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992).
- Trained at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to prepare for his role in 2002 war movie Black Hawk Down.
- Did voice work on the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Wing Commander: Prophecy.
- In 2011, became the first member inducted into the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival's Walk of Fame.
- Is a race-car enthusiast; won 25th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race for charity at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach event in April 2011.
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- Kymberly Kalil — Wife
- Margaret — Sister
- Pamela — Sister
- Patricia A. Steitz — Mother
- Mary — Sister
- Sam Fichtner — Son
- Betsy Aidem — Ex-wife
- Patricia Fichtner — Sister
- William E. Fichtner — Father
- Attended State University of New York, Farmingdale, New York, United States; State University of New York, Brockport, New York, United States (BA in Criminal Justice, 1978)
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