Raised on a farm in upstate New York near Syracuse
Won gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts
Spent one season each at Provincetown Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre
Made Broadway debut as Danny Zuko in the hit musical "Grease"; recreated role for London production
First studied the Middle Way of Siddhartha Gotama Buddha as preached by a Japanese sect
Made film acting debut in "Report to the Commissioner"
Switched his faith to Tibetan school of Buddhism
Garnered attention for a supporting role in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" opposite Diane Keaton
First leading role in a feature, "Days of Heaven"
Visited Tibetan refugee camps in Nepal
Returned to Broadway in "Bent," playing homosexual inmate of Dachau
Starred in his greatest commercial success of the decade "An Officer and a Gentleman"
Made a lengthy fact-finding trip through then war-torn Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador
Became a student of the exiled Dalai Lama
Made a commercial comeback with starring role in Garry Marshall's "Pretty Woman" opposite Julia Roberts
First film as executive producer, "Final Analysis"; also starred
Appeared as a character loosely based on Broadway director-choreographer Michael Bennett in the HBO film "And the Band Played On"; earned Emmy nomination
Executive produced and starred in Mike Figgis' "Mr Jones" and period drama "Sommersby"
Delivered solid performance as a cocky attorney defending former altar boy Edward Norton against allegations of murder in "Primal Fear"
Starred in Jon Avnet's "Red Corner," a project particularly close to his heart for its attack on the repressive Chinese regime
Re-teamed with Julia Roberts and director Garry Marshall for the romantic comedy "Runaway Bride"
Co-starred with Winona Ryder in "Autumn in New York," directed by Joan Chen
Starred in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"
Cast opposite Diane Lane as an unsuspecting husband whose wife is having an affair in "Unfaithful"
Cast in singing and dancing role as sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn in film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Chicago"; received a SAG nomination for Best Actor
Co-starred with Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon in U.S. remake of "Shall We Dance?"
Starred with Juliette Binoche in the family drama "Bee Season," based on the Myla Goldberg novel
Starred in Andrew Lau's first American film "The Flock"
Portrayed Clifford Irving, a bogus biographer of Howard Hughes in Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax"
Played a discredited journalist embarking on an unauthorized mission to find a war criminal in "The Hunting Party"
Portrayed Bob Dylan at one distinct stage of his life in Todd Haynes directed "I'm Not There"
Re-teamed with Diane Lane for "Nights in Rodanthe," based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks
Portrayed George P. Putnam, Earhart's husband (Hilary Swank) in Mira Nair's biopic "Amelia"
Cast as a veteran cop in Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest"
Co-directed historical documentary "Yankeeland: In the Shadow of the Stadium"
Starred in financial thriller "Arbitrage" as a fraudulent hedge fund manager; re-teamed with Susan Sarandon as husband and wife in the film
Co-starred in "Time Out of Mind"
Joined cast of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"