He studied journalism at USC after he was stationed in Italy as a part of the US Army. He attained the rank of sergeant and earned a Soldier's Medal during World War II.
He had a recurring spot on Hollywood Squares and also appeared on Circus of the Stars, annual television special in which celebrities performed circus-type acts.
He was married to Karon Kate Blackwell from 1984 up until his death in 2018. He was previously married to Lorraine Allen from 1960 until 1976.
He was an opening act for Nat King Cole.