His father is an ex-Lieutenant Colonel of the Marine Corps and the family moved around quite often. The actor spent several years of his childhood in Okinawa, Japan.
He speaks five languages fluently, having served as an exchange student in both Berne, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany.
He served as an exchange student in a rural village outside of Berne, Switzerland, where he lived with a Swiss family. He speaks a rare dialect of Swiss-German fluently.
Graduated summa cum laude with a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for several years as an architect and landscape designer before returning to his acting career.
His godfather is Oliver North.