Actor best known as a Mel Brooks film mainstay with appearances as Reverend Johnson in Blazing Saddles, Mr. Hilltop in Young Frankenstein, and a Newsvendor in Silent Movie.
Before breaking through on film, he floated around television sets and appeared in shows such as Bonanza, Room 22, and Gunsmoke.
He first broke through in the film "What's Up, Doc?".
He died in Granada Hills, California due to complications from emphysema.
He appeared on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.