Notable for his work on both stage and screen, he acted in But for the Grace of God (1937), The Last Mile (1930), and several other Broadway productions and also appeared in a number of films and television series, including Day of Reckoning (1933); My Friend Flicka (1943); The Ford Television Theatre (1954-56); and Perry Mason (1958-1960).
After studying at Virginia Tech, he made his Broadway debut in the 1920 production of The Bad Man and went on to earn his first screen credit in the 1933 film The King's Vacation.
Between 1959 and 1963, he appeared in three episodes of the western series Wagon Train.
He spent his youth in Suffolk, Virginia, and later lived and worked in New York and California before returning to his home state in his later years. His wife, Joyce Arling, also had several television and film acting credits.
He appeared with Richard Chamberlain in the 1963 film Twilight of Honor.