Character actor of film, television, and stage who played the recurring role of Judge Brooker on Gunsmoke from 1970 to 1975. He was also a radio personality, starring on The Damon Runyun Theatre in 1948, as Harry Horse.
He earned a law degree from Indiana University School of Law before deciding to pursue acting.
He made hundreds of television appearances on hit shows such as I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, and Perry Mason.
He married Belle Pasternack in 1952 and they had two sons.
He appeared with Ronald Reagan in the 1941 romantic comedy Million Dollar Baby.