By Jason Lynch Alexis Chiu Kristen Mascia
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM

He plays the understanding dad in How to Eat Fried Worms. So what’s the wildest thing the former Ed star has ever eaten? “I’m one of those skinny little guys who defies science in terms of my eating capacity,” says Cavanagh, 37. “I once ate a 37-oz. steak—they call it The Slab at this restaurant—and told my friend, ‘Dude, I could eat two.’ So on a bet, I ordered a second one, and I’m happy to report I finished it. Wait, I don’t know if I’m happy to report; my immediate family would be disgusted. The kitchen staff made a semicircle around the table watching this insane guy eat. There are witnesses. I think I won $72. And then at 4:30 in the morning, I was hungry again.”