In 1993, Jim met love of his life Kerri Browitt on a blind date. This date was orchestrated by his sister Amy. Kerri is an English teacher and she is also a talented flautist. They began dating since then. After being in love for several years, they got married on 20th of July 1996. They have already been parents three times.
As a child, Jim was an avid basketball player. He joined John F. Kennedy Memorial High School where he also played in the high school basketball team. After graduating from there in 1987, he joined Bellevue College and he continued playing basketball. But when he was in his second year, he got a foot injury and this lead to an end of NBA hope. He then began focusing in acting and he finally earned the role of Airline Clerk in the 1991 movie, My Own Private Idaho. The following year, he appeared in the television series, The Wonder Years. His net worth is said to be around $25 million.