Graduated from the University of Toledo.
Is frequently cast by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Did not start acting until he was 30 years old.
Starred alone in Robert Altman's Secret Honor (1984), a fictional account of Richard Nixon's life after the White House, making him one of the few actors to ever carry an entire film.
Appeared in The Zodiac (2005) and Zodiac (2007), both about the serial killer nicknamed the Zodiac Killer.
Worked as a radio announcer and high school teacher prior to embarking on an acting career.
Is the father of two daughters.
Co-starred with William H. Macy and Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights (1997), Psycho (1998) and Magnolia (1999).
Was drafted into the Army and served in Germany.