First gained attention for roles in the television shows The Arthur Askey Show and Romany Jones. His best known role came as Wally Briggs, in the latter of the two shows.
He first wanted to be in entertainment as a stuntman but he gradually got more air time because how effective his face was for comedic purposes.
In 1960, he appeared in two films Two-Way Stretch and And the Same to You.
He had a daughter named Barbara and a wife named Florence. Barbara claims he would sexually abuse her and that he was the reason for Florence's suicide.
He appeared in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Lionel Jeffries.