He rose to fame for his roles in the films Maniac Cop and Evil Dead. After becoming established, he parodied his B-movie career with the film My Name is Bruce.
He acted in homemade videos with his high school friends. Before hitting it big, he starred in low-budget crime films such as Bubba Ho-tep, The Vampire in Retreat, and Crimewave.
He provided the voice of the town mayor in the animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
He married Christine Deveau in 1983, and the couple had two children before divorcing in 1989. He married Ida Gearon in 1991.
Stephen King helped spark his acting career by giving his films media attention.