Fans came to know him as Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres, and he played a role on Heartbreak Kid. In 1954, he was nominated for the Academy Award for best Supporting Actor for his role in Roman Holiday.
He was a circus trapeze performer and University of Minnesota graduate.
He played a role in the original version of The Longest Yard.
His adopted a daughter, Maria, became his business manager.
He appeared in Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn.