He acted alongside Clint Eastwood four times in his career. He is best remembered as Cholla in two of those four Eastwood films, Every Which Way But Loose and, its sequel, Any Which Way You Can.
A former aerospace engineer, he made his film debut in 1972 with a pair of features that included Hammer and Bad Company.
He had roles in notable films such as The Sting and another of Eastwood's films The Outlaw Josey Wales.
He was married to Gwendolyn Rice from 1970 until his death.
He had a guest appearances in two episodes of The A-Team, starring Mr. T.