Actor, Motion Picture Director. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, at age eighteen he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he found work as a set dresser for director Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his motion picture debut with an uncredited role in “Crazy Mama” (1975). He then moved to New York City, New York, where he studied acting at New York University before he landed a small part in “Stripes” (1981) followed by other bit parts in “The Lords of Discipline” (1983), “Streets of Fire” (1983), and “The Terminator” (1984). He received attention after his performance in “Weird Science” (1985), and earned a much more noticeable role, as ‘Hudson’, in “Aliens” (1986). His other film work included “Near Dark (1987), “Next of Kin” (1989), “Predator 2” (1990), “Tombstone” (1993), and “Apollo 13” (1995) before he landed the lead in “Twister” (1996). He also had a role in the 1997 James Cameron film blockbuster "Titanic." As his career evolved, he also took roles in television including the 2006 to 2011 series, “Big Love” for which he received three Golden Globe nominations; the 2012 mini-series “The Hatfields and McCoys,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy; a 2014 recurring role in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”; and a 2015 mini-series, “Texas Rising.” He passed unexpectedly at age 61 due to complications following surgery. At the time of his death, he was working on the first season of the television series “Training Day." In a career spanning some forty years, he had appeared in almost 100 projects including music videos, video games, television programs, and feature films. He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame for his career achievement in the motion picture film industry.
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