Writer on the HBO series Six Feet Under and the NBC series The West Wing, for which he won an Emmy in 2000.
He graduated from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa and founded Chicago's American Blues Theater.
He won the Jury Award for Best One Person Show at the 2006 US Comedy Arts Festival for his part in My Buddy Bill.
His father was a Korean war veteran who passed away from complications due to liver failure.
He and Aaron Sorkin shared an Emmy for Best Writing for a Drama Series for their work on The West Wing.