The New York native moved from Chicago in 1994 to try to get his big break, which occurred when he landed the recurring role on "The Drew Carey Show" (1995). Ian is an alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympia improvisation troupe. Fellow members include the late Chris Farley, Jon Favreau, Pat Finn, Tim Meadows and Rachel Dratch. Of Puerto Rican, Jewish and Greek extraction. Married to actress Nia Vardalos. Was the model for the Ian Miller (John Corbett) character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), which was written by his wife Nia Vardalos. His wife Nia Vardalos made a guest appearance as the wife of his character on The Drew Carey show.