Early film work with Martin Scorsese included Mean Streets and showed his tough streetwise persona.
After serving in the Marine Corps, he worked as a court reporter for several years before becoming an actor.
He acted in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
He married actress, Daphne Kastner in 2001, and the couple have a child together.
He starred as a detective in Spike Lee's Clockers.