Barbara Stanwyck's first husband who was also a successful vaudeville comedian. His risqué humor did not survive the conservative movement ushered in by the Great Depression.
He was making more than $17,000 a week playing vaudeville shows.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he originated the role of "Elwood P. Dowd" in the 1944 Broadway play Harvey by the American playwright Mary Coyle Chase.
His marriage to Babara Stanwyck became strained when she started gaining popularity.
His troubled marriage with Barbara Stanwyck might have been the inspiration for the film A Star is Born.