Birthdate: Feb. 18, 1954

Birthplace: Englewood, N.J.


-- quit school at 16 to pursue theater career

-- began acting career in summer stock in New Jersey

-- debuted on Broadway in a production of Grease

-- 1975-79: played regular role of Vinnie Barbarino on the ABC sitcom, Welcome
Back, Kotter

-- 1994: revitalized feature acting career with an acclaimed portrayal of a junkie
hitman in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction