As one of John Ford's Stock Company actors, his snaggle-toothed visage appeared in dozens of the director's films. His credits include these classic films: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Alamo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and How the West Was Won.
A WWI veteran, he was working as a horse wrangler in 1926 when he was called up to Hollywood as a technical advisor for What Price Glory?
He re-enlisted to serve in WWII, working as a field photographer. He earned a Silver Star after being wounded in action.
He was married three times and had four children.
In addition to acting, he helped direct some of John Ford's action sequences, adding elements of military realism.