Was a ski champion in West Germany at the age of 8; went on to become a professional beach volleyball player and an Ironman triathlete. Moved to Australia at age 10; helped his family tend a 400-acre ranch and vegetable farm as a teen. Made his acting debut as Sean Hayden in the Australian soap opera Paradise Beach, which aired in the U.S. in 1993. Landed the role of Jax on General Hospital in 1996. Briefly left General Hospital in 2000 to star in Aaron Spelling's prime-time soap Titans, but the series was short-lived and he returned to GH the following year. Moved to Hawaii in 2012 to pursue the sport of stand-up paddle board racing. In 2013, competed on Dancing with the Stars; partnered with Kym Johnson and was eliminated in the semifinals. Is a board member of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental group dedicated to restoring Santa Monica Bay.