Born in Stockton, California, USA
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. (1990)
Has two older brothers, Nick and Jeff.
He was one of the valedictorians of his graduating class at Stagg High School, Stockton, California in 1974.
In 1980, he graduated from University of the Pacific, located in Stockton, California.
From a working-class background, earned his bachelor's degree in English literature, then studied in Japan for a year. He worked in film studio there and also boxed as a light heavyweight amateur. Sang at parties and played rockabilly and Elvis Presley tunes on his guitar.
Returned to San Francisco and performed as a solo act then backed by Silvertone band. Signed with Reprise Records.
He lives by the beach in the San Francisco Bay area.
Has "I (Heart) Carole L" written on one of his guitars in memory of Carole Low, his former Stagg High School sweetheart, who passed away from cancer.
He was actually going to be dropped by his record label until David Lynch used "Wicked Game" on the soundtrack of Wild at Heart (1990) making the song a big hit and saving his record deal. He later acted for Lynch in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).
Ranked #68 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Good friends with Lara Flynn Boyle.
Turned down the role of Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986).
Turned down the role of Ray Sinclair in Something Wild (1986).
Good friends and collaborator with Stevie Nicks.
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