He played PFC Richard Reiben in Saving Private Ryan. He gained additional fame for directing She's the One and Sidewalks of New York.
He was an English Literature major in college before switching his focus to film.
His first showbiz job was as a gopher on Entertainment Tonight.
He met Robert Redford on the set of E.T. and convinced him to help distribute his independent film, The Brothers McMullen, which became an indie darling in 1995.