American comedian, actor, screenwriter and director best known for his work in Hal Roach short film comedies.
He first performed in vaudeville as a teenager.
He was known for a comedy of embarrassment, and he often played dim-witted young men in sitcoms.
He is the older brother of comedy writer-director James Parrott, whose death made him work and drink harder than ever.
He once worked for director Hal Roach's company.