Western actor and comic sidekick of Gene Autry whose voice was featured in the 1981 animated film The Fox and the Hound.
He intended on studying to enter the ministry but became very involved in plays and the local radio station during college.
He became known for his distinctive voice and he acted in Green Acres.
He married Dorothy McFadden in 1936 and the couple adopted a child before later divorcing.
He had a small role in the film, Back to the Future III with Michael J. Fox.