Famous during the 1950s for playing Corporal Rocco Barbella on the CBS situation comedy The Phil Silvers Show, this popular actor also appeared in numerous beach party-genre films of the 1960s.
In his late teens, he danced at the New York World's Fair. Following his World War II-era military service, he earned a radio performance degree from New York University.
In the early 1940s, he starred in the Broadway production of Mister Roberts.
His marriage to Caroline Dubs resulted in actor children named Helaine and Michael Lembeck.
In the early 1950s, he acted in the Billy Wilder-directed war movie Stalag 17.