He appeared in many films including The Thing from Another World, The Candidate, Airplane! and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. In 1957, he appeared in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
He studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
He starred in the 1964 Broadway musical Golden Boy.
He married Violet M. Coglan in 1951. After their divorce, he married June Hutton in 1968.
He was in the 1988 film, Big Top Pee-wee, with Paul Reubens.