He studied at St. George's High School before attending Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York. He graduated from Yale University in 1989. He made his acting debut in the 1986 film Zombie Nightmare, a low-budget horror flick.
He earned an Oscar nomination for his producing work on Arrival.
He had four daughters with his wife Serena.
He has collaborated with actor Owen Wilson who was featured in his films Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, among others.