He began his acting career by moving to New York at the age of seventeen. He made his debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.
He provided his voice for iMac and iBook commercials.
He had an older brother Rick who died at age 23. He was married to Patricia Gaul from 1980 to 1986 and Geena Davis from 1987 to 1990. Then in 2014, he married Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston; they welcomed a son named Charlie in 2015 and a son named River in 2017.
He starred with Will Smith in the science-fiction action film Independence Day.