Raised Catholic, he served as an alter boy and attended Pilgrim High School. He acted and directed in many plays while participating in the theater group Dramashop at MIT.
He voiced himself in the 1994 Simpsons episode "Homer and Apu."
His father was an army intelligence officer named Gail Peyton Woods. He was married to Kathryn Morrison from 1980 to 1983, and was married to Sarah Owen from 1989 to 1990.
He was in An American Carol with Kelsey Grammer.