He spent his childhood in Ottawa and London, England, but later moved to Montreal, where he lived for many years.
He attended Sir George Williams University, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (majored in design, theatre was his minor)
He has done stage design and stage management for live theatre, and became involved with such rock and roll groups as Poco, Procol Harem, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. He has also staged ballet and opera performances.
In 1979, he decided to focus on acting, and moved to Toronto.
He is fluent in French.