When he was 11, his father died in a car collision with a drunk driver. He worked at the student radio station WIDR while attending Western Michigan University.
In 2011, he began starring as Mike Baxter in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, and in 2012, he won TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Award for Favorite Comeback.
He married Laura Diebel in 1984, and the couple had a daughter named Katherine in 1989. They divorced in 2003.
He and Tom Hanks both provided voices for Toy Story characters.