He found his calling for acting at age eight after viewing a PBS special on television.
He can be seen in the Amblin Entertainment logo, riding his bike with E.T. across the moon.
He was married to his second wife, German actress Marie Zielcke, from 2004 to 2007. Together they had a daughter named Hazel. He also has two children with Annalee Fery, whom he married in 2009.
He was directed by Steven Spielberg in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.