Appeared Off-Broadway with brother Dennis in Sam Shepard's "True West"
Cast in the Ang Lee Western, "Brokeback Mountain," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
Joined one season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a regular cast member
First role in a TV miniseries, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" (CBS)
First starring role in a TV series, "Davis Rules" (ABC, 1991; CBS, 1992)
Film acting debut "Targets"
Offered a fine comic turn as Cousin Eddie in "National Lampoon's Vacation"
Reprised his "Last Picture Show" role in the sequel, "Texasville"
Reprised his role as Cousin Eddie in "Vegas Vacation"
Was featured with brother Dennis in Walter Hill's Western, "The Long Riders"
Co-starred in Ron Howard's "The Paper"
Earned an Oscar nomination for his role as the dumb sailor tutored in the ways of the world by Jack Nicholson in "The Last Detail"
Played a serial killer in "Last Rites"
Played a loser father in "Not Another Teen Movie"
Had a supporting role in "Midnight Express"
Delivered memorable turn as a crop duster who aids in the fight against invading aliens in "Independence Day"
Had a supporting role in the action film, "Hard Rain"
Earned an Emmy nomination for portraying Lyndon Johnson in the TV biography "LBJ: The Early Years" (NBC)
Cast opposite John Cusack in the "Ice Harvest," a dark comedy directed by Harold Ramis
Earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations portraying 'Colonel' Tom Parker in the CBS' minseries, "Elvis"
Earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell in the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Played one of Cybill Shepherd's suitor's in "The Last Picture Show"
Portayed King Carlos the IV in Miles Forman's "Goya's Ghosts"
TV acting debut, "Getting Away From It All" (ABC)
Reprised role of Cousin Eddie in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
Played the lovable Amish bowler Ishmael in "Kingpin," alongside Woody Harrelson
Starred in the short-lived series, "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire" (CBS)
Appeared on stage playing the starring role of Frank in Sam Shepard's "The God of Hell"
Starred in the comedy, "Ball's Out: The Gary Houseman Story," alongside Seann William Scott