Remembered for his roles in such 1950s and '60s films as Perfect Strangers and Two Rode Together, he also made guest appearances on numerous television series, including The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, and Bonanza.
After studying at Seattle, Washington's Cornish Drama School, he trained at the Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio in Connecticut. He made his Broadway debut in 1939 in The Possessed; he appeared in his first film, White Heat, a decade later.
He and character actor Woodrow Chambliss co-founded a California theatre company called the Ojai Valley Players.
A native of Mountain Home, Idaho, he later lived in New York City and Los Angeles, California. In his mid forties, he married Sheila Hayden; the couple raised children named Robert, James, and Kathy.
He appeared with Steve McQueen in the 1966 movie The Sand Pebbles.