Graduated from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) with honors. Film major. Won Frank Capra Prize for Best Student Film. Minored in French; studied abroad at University of Paris. Four year varsity letter winner, football; played outside linebacker for Wesleyan Cardinals. Played with Eric Mangini who is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is also a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Other Wesleyan University graduates in the film business: Jon Turtletaub, Michael Bay, Zak Penn, Joss Whedon, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback, Toby Emmerich, Rick Nicita, Chris Briggs, Lawrence Mark, Ed Dector, Jenno Topping, Brad Fuller, Bruce Corwin, Miguel Arteta, Mike White, Bradley Whitford, Ben Parrillo, Jon Hoeber, Lawrence Sher, Dan Partland, Ted Skillman...
Has written scripts for producers Joel Silver, Walter Hill, John Woo, Jeffrey Silver, Bobby Newmyer, Joel Simon, Vince McMahon, Vince Newan, Tucker Tooley and many more.
Started as a director/writer studying film at Wesleyan University; he often played a role in his movies which led to occasional work as an actor, but directing and screenwriting have always been his main focus.
Raised in Chagrin Falls, Upper Arlington and Granville, Ohio. Graduated from Granville Public High School.
Edited his first two movies himself on a six plate Steinbeck.
He is a certified member of the American Sailing Association.