Began acting in high school
Formed rock band the Niagaras with his brother; played drums
Thanks to an Education Opportunity Program (for inner-city kids) sponsored by Jimmy Carter, received a stipend, his books and his college education
Performed in summer stock
Feature debut in "Ironweed," playing the youthful version of Jack Nicholson's character
Appeared in "Soldier Boys," a "CBS Schoolbreak Special"
Made TV-movie debut, "Unconquered" (CBS) with Dermot Mulroney
First screen collaboration with Oliver Stone, "Born on the Fourth of July" playing Tom Cruise's best friend, a clean-cut Long Island boy who comes back from a tour in Vietnam as a brain-damaged heroin addict
Played the young Archie "Moonlight" Graham in "Field of Dreams"; Burt Lancaster was the older version
First feature starring role, "Cold Dog Soup"
As co-star of "The Freshman," helped Matthew Broderick's character import a Komodo dragon for the mob
Portrayed guitarist Robby Kreiger in Stone's biopic "The Doors," starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison
Reteamed with Mulroney for the John Hughes-scripted and produced "Career Opportunities"
Appeared uncredited as an Oswald impostor in Stone's "JFK"; role cut in released version but restored for director's cut
First film with actor Ethan Hawke, "A Midnight Clear"
Reteamed with Nicholson for "Hoffa"
Co-starred with Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale in "Swing Kids"
Played Lee Harvey Oswald in "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald" (NBC)
Earned critical success with "Swimming With Sharks" as the hapless assistant to a powerful movie agent (Kevin Spacey, who also co-produced)
Appeared in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" as the college student gunned down by Samuel L Jackson
Associate produced and starred in "Homage," adapted by Mark Medoff from his play <i>The Homage That Follows</i>
Portrayed Craig Sheffer's brother in TNT's "The Desperate Trail"
Starred in Showtime original movie "Cafe Society"
Acted in "My Brother's Keeper" segment of Showtime's "Dead Man's Gun"
TV series debut as regular on the CBS drama "Buddy Faro"; took the job in order to help finance his feature directing debut ("I was counting on the idea that we'd be cancelled after 12 episodes, and ideally, it was." ¿ <i>Time Out New York</i>, Oct. 14-21, 1999)
Provided a brilliant cameo as Skee-ball Weasel in the nostalgiac "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God ... Be Back by Five"
Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Joe the King"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; Kilmer portrayed Joe's bad-tempered, alcoholic father, and Hawke played guidance counselor Len Coles; John Leguizamo also acted and served as an executive producer; Camryn Manheim appeared briefly as an abusive teacher straight out of Dickens; film dedicated to his parents
Returned the favor by appearing in Hawke's directorial debut "Chelsea Walls"
Reteamed with Hawke as co-star of "The Jimmy Show"; also wrote and directed; screened at Sundance
Co-starred with Sam Shepard in "Ruffian," an ESPN-produced TV movie based on the legendary racehorse
Cast as Christopher Wey on "The Dead Zone" (USA Network)
Cast as paramedic Chuck Sereika in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"
Co-starred as the central villain in the horror feature "Vacancy"
Acted in the comedy feature "Drillbit Taylor," starring Owen Wilson
Featured in the crime thriller "As Good as Dead"
Acted opposite Abigail Breslin in "Janie Jones"