My least favorite thing to do is talk about myself. Acting, for me, is the opportunity to explore, experience, and defend humanity. It’s not about being the center of attention. It’s about storytelling, a sacred and vital human tradition, that both actor and audience play a critical role in.
I grew up just outside of Boston, the son of two English teachers, playing sports endlessly, from grade school through high school and into college. There I discovered acting and in an epiphany, realized who I was, and what I was supposed to do with my life. After graduating from Boston College, I moved to New York City to study with the best acting teacher I could find, Bill Esper, and spent seven years training and doing all kinds of theatre. I then moved to Los Angeles, where I was fortunate enough to meet my wife, a woman who has made me happier than I ever imagined possible. I cannot be around her without smiling. When you meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you realize you already have 95% of what really matters.
I have many interests outside of acting and am always trying to learn new things. In the last year or so I’ve begun to surf (badly), play the guitar (even worse), and finally try to learn the language my maternal grandparents spoke, Italian (I won’t get in to how that’s going). I also volunteer. In that effort, it’s true what they say, you get so much more than you give. My father grew up in the Bronx during the Depression. But for the G.I. Bill, he never would have attended college. That’s one of the reasons I’ve always been most passionate about causes dedicated to providing everyone with an opportunity. Wherever any of us is, opportunity put us there. And once given, working hard is the best way to seize it and express gratitude for it.
Of all the roles I’ve ever played, my favorite, most cherished and by far most fulfilling has been that of father. I took on that role in 2017 and will relish ever day of it for the rest of my life.