He played bootlegger Paddy Ryan in The Public Enemy and appeared in over 200 films over his nearly 30-year Hollywood career. These include Tin Gods, Smiling Irish Eyes, and Penthouse.
As a contract actor, he appeared in a leading role in Night at the Opera and played a befuddled cop in Taxi!
He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He appeared with fellow Irishman James Cagney in The Public Enemy.