Raised in Thomasville, GA
Attended college on a basketball scholarship, intending to become an architect, but an injury forced him to leave school
Moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in an acting class on a bet (date approximate)
Spent five years working in various stage productions, often in the Los Angeles area (dates approximate)
Made feature film debut in "In the Heat of the Night", which had given him his first interview for a film acting job in 3 1/2 years
Played first leading role in a feature in "In Cold Blood"
Acted in first non-US production, the Israeli-made "The Passover Plot"
Made rare episodic TV series appearance on "Quarantine", a segment, directed by Martha Coolidge, which was part of an episode of CBS's revamp of the supernatural anthology drama series, "The Twilight Zone"
Earliest TV-movies roles included that of Red Jack Stillwell in the HBO film, "The Tracker"
Appeared in the Comedy "Pure Luck," with Martin Short and Danny Glover
Was seen in the film "Flesh and Bone"
Appeared in the award winning "Dead Man Walking," directed and written by Tim Robbins
Portrayed Sheriff Mooney in the film "Clay Pigeons"
Had a small role in the blockbuster "Pearl Harbor," starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett
Featured in "Monster" with Charlize Theron
Also seen in Edward Zwick's "The last Samurai," starring Tom Cruise
Co-starred in the southern drama "Junebug"; Premiered at Sundance
Cast opposite Timothy Olyphant in Victor Nunez' "Coastlines" (lensed 2001)
Co-starred with Ashley Judd in Joey Lauren Adams' screenwriting and directing debut, "Come Early Morning"