Before beginning his acting career, he attended the Victorian College of the Arts.
Over the course of his career, he received many theatrical, film, and television honors, including a Green Room Award, a Penguin Award, and an AFI Award.
He was born and raised in Woodville, South Australia. Following the death of his brother, he suffered a personal crisis that resulted in drug abuse and problems on the set of Neighbours.
He and Elaine Smith were both in the cast of Neighbours.