Christian Clemenson was born and spent his childhood in Humbolt, Iowa. He was the son of a drug store owner and worked as a delivery boy for the Des Moines Register during his teens. He attended and graduated from Phillips Academy (1976) Harvard College(1980) and the Yale School of Drama (1984).
During his summer breaks from school he migrated back to Humbolt and starred, later directing, local community theatre.
He stands 6'2".