This charming, boyish actor has turned in a number of well-received performances on both the small and big screens. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Newbern began acting a child in community theater productions. By age 14, he had won a scholarship to the Minneapolis Children's Theater, where he worked for several summers. During his senior year in high school, Newbern landed his first TV role, a bit part as a Union soldier who deserts, in the CBS miniseries "The Blue and the Gray" (1982). He attended Northwestern University (where he met his future wife, actress Marietta DePrima) and spent a summer at RADA. After graduating, he moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career.