Il est diplômé de la Palo Alto High School en 1996.
Son père a des origines portugaises (de l'île de Madère) et suédoises et sa mère des origines russes.
When I was a teenager I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17.
I'm Jewish, my mother's Jewish, but I wasn't raised Jewish. May perhaps be one of the most academically accomplished actors (an "extreme scholar") in Hollywood history: besides his BFA in English from UCLA, he has two MFA degrees - both in writing - from Columbia and Brooklyn College, and a third MFA, in film, from New York University.