Chris is a Buddhist. In 1992, when he was 28 years old, he was attacked with baseball bats by a group of youths after an argument in a Chinese restaurant.
He sustained fractures of his left cheekbone, eye socket, and skull bones (greater wing of sphenoid and temporal bones). He was conscious when admitted to hospital, but he rapidly lost the sight in his left eye as the optic nerve was compressed by broken bits of bone.
He underwent emergency surgery through a scalping incision, where the scalp is peeled down from above to expose the facial and skull bones (bicoronal flap). Bone was removed from around the optic nerve and the bones of the eye socket, skull and cheekbone were correctly repositioned and fixed with titanium metal plates. The scalp was replaced at the end of the operation and sutured in place.
He lives with his wife Tracy and works as an actor. He also sells holidays for Hilton hotels and sings in his rock band Retrosexual.