Movie actor who played Principal Vane on TV's Mr. Novak. His role in the 1949 film, Twelve O'Clock High, earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He briefly worked as a teacher before deciding to pursue a career in acting.
He played the title character in Brigham Young.
He married three times, and his third wife was ten years younger than him. He was married to his first wife, Antoinette Lawrence, from 1935 to 1943.
He played Elvis Presley's father in King Creole.