Comedic Hollywood character actor who typically played smug, officious clerks, floorwalkers, and hotel managers. His films include 1932's The Half-Naked Truth, 1935's The Headline Woman, and 1957's The Story of Mankind.
He played dramatic roles on Broadway, appearing in six productions before shipping off to serve in WWI.
In almost every one of his films, his fastidious, almost neurotic characters became upset over their foils' free-spirit antics.
He was born in Newark, New Jersey.
He was favorite actor of Preston Sturges, and was upstaged in many of his films.