Fahey was born in Olean, New York, the sixth of 13 siblings in an Irish American family. His mother, Jane, was a homemaker, and his father, Frank Fahey, worked at a clothing store. Fahey was raised inBuffalo, New York, from the age of ten and attendedFather Baker's High School there. Fahey left home at the age of 17, subsequently hitchhiking to Alaska. He later backpacked through Europe, and worked on an Israeli kibbutz.
Fahey started performing when he won a full scholarship to dance at the Joffrey Ballet School at the age of 25. He performed in theaters across the United States and on Broadway. He landed his first major role in television playing Gary Corelli on the soap opera One Life to Live.
In 1985 he received his first major role in film, playing "Tyree" in Silverado. In 1986 he starred inPsycho III as Duane Duke, a money desperate guitarist. That same year, Fahey guest starred on theSeason 3 premiere of Miami Vice as gun dealer "Eddie Kaye", famously destroying Detective Sonny Crockett's Ferrari Daytona.
He played "Thorold Stone" in the film Revelation. Fahey later starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in The Lawnmower Man.
In 1990 he starred alongside Marisa Tomei in Parker Kane and Clint Eastwood in the Eastwood directed White Hunter, Black Heart. In 1995 he starred as "Winston McBride" on ABC's The Marshal. In 2007, he appeared in the Robert Rodriguez film Planet Terror and starred in Messages with Bruce Payne.
Fahey appeared as daredevil "Dutch the Clutch" in an episode of Psych in the beginning of the third season of the show.
Fahey played recurring character, Frank Lapidus, the airplane and helicopter pilot of the research team sent to the island in the fourth, fifth, and as a regular character for the sixth season of Lost.
In 2010 he had a major role in the Robert Rodriguez action film Machete.
In 2013 a new production of the classic play Twelve Angry Men took place at the Garrick Theatre inLondon, running until March 2014. Fahey played the part of the last juror in the story to change his vote to not guilty. Other notable actors appearing in this production were Martin Shaw who played the part of juror number 8 (a role made famous in the 1957 film by Henry Fonda), Robert Vaughn andNick Moran.
In 2006 and 2007 Fahey spent time in Afghanistan assisting the newly established American University of Afghanistan, and launching a project to assist orphans in Kabul.
Fahey's recent humanitarian work has revolved around the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, in which he has been focusing on the subject of warehousing, a practice in which the rights and mobility of refugees is restricted by a host country. Fahey's work specifically has addressed the subject of warehoused Sahrawi refugees in Algeria.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
RIGATONI WITH PROSCIUTTO AND PEAS
1 lb rigatoni
2 cups heavy cream
6 ounces prosciutto(cut into pieces)
4 oz. ricotta cheese
1 cup parmigian cheese
1 can peas (drained)
pepper (to taste)
Cook the past in salted water until al dente. Melt the ricotta cheese into the cream and add the prosciutto then the parmigian cheese. Let simmer but be careful not to burn, add pepper to taste and throw in the peas to heat. It is done when all ingredients are married.
Drain the pasta and combine with sauce/ Sprinkle a little more parmigian cheese and enjoy!