Began acting after a knee injury
Acting debut as Brother Vaughn in Horton Foote's play "Valentine's Day"; also starred his father James
Played lead role in the off-Broadway production of Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"
Film acting debut in "Max Dugan Returns"
TV acting debut in an episode of "Lou Grant" (CBS)
Had leading role in the summer hit "WarGames"
Broadway debut as Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
Reprised role of Eugene Jerome in Simon's "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway
Appeared in the Showtime production of Athol Fugard's "'Master Harold'... and the Boys"
Reprised his stage role of Brother Vaughn in the film "On Valentine's Day"
Appeared in the off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's "The Widow Claire"
Breakthrough film performance in title role of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Recreated stage role of Eugene Jerome in Mike Nichols film adaption of "Biloxi Blues"
Delivered a fine turn as Robert Gould Shaw, the white commander of a black infantry during the Civil War in "Glory"
Offered a comic turn opposite Marlon Brando in "The Freshman"
Made rare TV acting appearance opposite Jack Lemmon in the TNT movie "A Life in the Theatre"
Voiced the adult Simba in Disney's animated blockbuster "The Lion King"; also sang
Returned to Broadway to star in the revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"; wife Sarah Jessica Parker co-starred in the final months of the show's run
Co-produced (also directed and co-starred) the biopic "Infinty"; film scripted by his mother Patricia Broderick
Played the customer in whose life comes Jim Carrey's "The Cable Guy"
Played a scientist tracking the monster in the blockbuster "Godzilla"
Offered a winning performance as a teacher out to thwart an overachieving female student in in Alexander Payne's "Election"
Had title role in the live-action film, "Inspector Gadget"
Starred in the National Actors Theater Broadway revival of "Night Must Fall"
Played a bank manager in the Sundance hit "You Can Count on Me," directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Acted opposite Parker Posey in the ill-fated Broadway comedy "Taller Than a Dwarf"
With Nathan Lane, co-starred in the Mel Brooks' stage version of "The Producers"; received a Tony nomination
Portrayed Professor Harold Hill in the ABC television remake of the "Music Man"
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in the Frank Oz remake of the 1975 cult classic "The Stepford Wives"
Starred as a movie director in "The Last Shot" with Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette and Tony Shalhoub
Re-united with Nathan Lane to play Oscar and Felix in the Broadway revival of "The Odd Couple" directed by Joe Mantello
Reprised his role as Leo Bloom opposite Nathan Lane in the feature adaptation of "The Producers"
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
Played an astronomy teacher in the Broadway play "The Starry Messenger"; second collaboration with director Kenneth Lonergan
Co-starred with Danny DeVito in the holiday comedy "Deck the Halls"
Featured in Helen Hunt's directorial debut "Then She Found Me"
Co-starred with Catalina Sandino Moreno in The New Group's off-Broadway premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's "The Starry Messenger"
Guest starred as himself on "Louie" (FX)
Teamed with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"