He was typecast as the adventurer in Universal Pictures films such as Arabian Nights and Sudan. His other credits include the 1952 film, Brave Warrior, and the 1942 film, Brave Nights.
He had his breakthrough role in the 1937 film, The Hurricane.
He was in many of the popular films of the '40s, including Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
He was married to singer Frances Langford for more than 20 years.
Dorothy Lamour co-starred with him in The Hurricane.