Ex-member of the comedy sketch group, "The Pretty Okay Ho-hum Spectacular on Ice!"
Close friends with many actors he met at the beginning of his career at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago including Michael Shannon, Tracy Letts, Nick Offerman and Chris Bauer.
Plays two roles in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia(1999): The pharmacist named Sir Edmund William Godfrey in the film's prologue and the young pharmacist who harasses Julianne Moore in one of the film's signature scenes.
An accomplished screenwriter whose feature film screenplays Snow Ponies and Strange Skies both ended up on Hollywood's well-respected 'Black List' of the best unproduced screenplays in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Both films are currently in active development(2016).
Father is of German-Irish decent. Mother is of German and Russian Jewish descent.