Attended North Hollywood High School.
Has a black belt in karate.
Is fluent in Italian (His ancestors left Italy for the US and he 's worked on and off in that part of Europe since the early 60s).
Is Italian-American. The son of immigrants from Calabria, Italy.
Was a celebrity player (along with Betty White) on the final week of the cult-classic gameshow "Celebrity Whew!" (1979) (when the show was known as "Celebrity Whew!").
Was discovered by an agent who saw him in a posed shot on the cover of "True Romances" magazine.