After "Small Wonder" (1985) ended in 1989, he endured tough times. His ex-stripper girlfriend gave birth to their son when he was just 19 years old in 1992. He and his girlfriend spent all his earnings from the show, and the relationship ended after the money was gone. He worked as a waiter in restaurants but suffered health problems. He ended up sleeping nights in a homeless shelter or under a bridge. When his mother had a heart attack in 2012, he took care of her and started rebuilding his life with his wife Michelle.