Acted for the first time at age nine; played a statue of St. Peter in a play (date approximate)
Worked two seasons at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN
Worked in regional theater including "Another Country" at the Long Wharf, "Tartuffe" at Alaska Rep, and "All the King's Men" at the Dallas Theater Center
Moved to New York City
Made NYC stage debut in the off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart"; recreated role on Broadway
Performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, playing the title role in "Richard II"; also appeared in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Twelfth Night"
Feature film debut as the star of the fantasy adventure "Dragonslayer"
Landed breakthrough movie role as Stingo, a playwright enamored of the title character (Meryl Streep) in "Sophie's Choice"
TV-movie debut, "Johnny Bull" (ABC), starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, and directed by Claudia Weill; developed at the National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Played a major supporting role as an art restorer with an impenetrable accent in the popular genre sequel "Ghostbusters II"
Made TV series debut as a regular, playing a U.S. Senator's press aide on the Norman Lear-produced sitcom "The Powers That Be" (NBC)
Offered an hilarious turn as a peppy camp counselor (teamed on screen with Christine Baranski) in "Addams Family Values"
Guest starred on "Cheers" (NBC)
Returned to regular series work as hospital attorney Alan Birch on the David E. Kelley-produced medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS); asked to leave show after only one season; Kelley had character murdered in a surprise twist
Played Renfield to Leslie Nielsen's Transylvanian bloodsucker in Mel Brooks' spoof "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"
Co-starred as a harried museum curator who mistakens a bumbling security guard (Rowan Atkinson) for an art expert in the boisterous comedy "Bean"
Joined cast of the hit Fox series "Ally McBeal" as law firm head John 'Biscuit' Cage; earned Emmy nominations in 1999, 2000 and 2001
Made TV directorial debut with an episode of "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
Voiced the title snowman in "Snowden's Christmas" (CBS) and Fido in "Olive the Other Reindeer" (Fox)
Appeared in the PBS production "The Ponder Heart"
Voiced X, the Eliminator on the animated series "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law"
Cast as Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on "Numb3rs" (CBS)
Joined the cast of Fox's "24" as a high-ranking government official
Landed recurring role on ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"
Portrayed John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis in HBO's "Game Change"
Cast in featured role in the sci-fi action feature "Battleship"