Born Henry Edward Garcia, Hank graduated from Santa Clara University in 1980 with a BSC in Business, where he also played varsity baseball. After graduating from Santa Clara, he attended and graduated from UCLA Law School. After passing the California Bar Exam, and while working for a law firm in Beverly Hills, he began pursuing a career as an actor. He took 'Cheyne' as his acting name from the town Cheyenne, Wyoming, which is where his parents met. His grandfather was full blooded Yaqui Indian and his father was a professional Bull Rider.