American actor known for his roles as Ernest T. Bass and George on the television series The Andy Griffith Show. He appeared as a voice actor in 50 episodes of the 1960s animated cartoon Beetle Bailey.
He was assigned to a US Army Special Services unit as a First Sergeant during World War II.
He starred in an early episode of the Twilight Zone called "I Dream of Genie."
He was married twice and had five children.
He played two roles alongside Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show.