Stage and screen actor known for his appearances in episodes of such popular television series as Perry Mason, Lassie, Bonanza, and The Virginian. He also performed in the 1945 Broadway production of The Day Before Spring and in such films as White Heat and Rock Around the Clock.
Initially hoping to pursue a career as a cinematographer, he studied film at the University of Southern California.
He played the lead role in a popular radio drama called The Shadow.
His thirteen-year-long marriage to screen actress
His daughter Anne Archer received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1987 film Fatal Attraction.