He played the role of Coach Ernie Pantusso on the famous Boston based sitcom, Cheers. His last major role was in Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, Raging Bull.
He became a decorated war veteran due to his efforts in World War II.
He was a recovering alcoholic.
He married and divorced Charlene Jennings in 1972.
He starred on the hit TV sitcom, Cheers along with Shelley Long.