American actor best known for his work with director Frank Capra, including It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
He worked as an insurance salesman before he pursued his acting career.
He was a close friend of Lucille Ball and appeared in several roles on her show I Love Lucy.
He was married to Ruth Covell from 1931 until her death in 2002, and they had two children.
His last television appearance was in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, which starred Kirk Cameron.