Born and raised in Canada to English parents, Chris moved to the U.S. from Toronto in 1982 to go to acting school. He subsequently went to England to study at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where he was a classmate of actress/producer Rita Wilson (wife of Tom Hanks).
His first professional acting job was at the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival in Henry V starring Kevin Kline. Chris moved to Los Angeles in 1986 after being cast in the play "Rat in the Skull" by Ron Hutchinson at the Mark Taper Forum with the late Charles Hallahan and David Marshall Grant.
Since then Chris has worked steadily in television, film, commercials and on the stage.