Part of Hollywood's Brat Pack who starred in the 1985 film St. Elmo's Fire and played a lead role in Parks and Recreation. His other films include Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Killing Kennedy, and Wayne's World. He also played Senator Robert McCallister on Brothers & Sisters.
He began his acting career in television before landing a role as the protagonist's older brother, Sodapop Curtis, in the classic film The Outsiders.
He directed the Lifetime thriller The Bad Seed in 2018.