Notable for his stage, screen, and voice acting work, he appeared in the Broadway production of Wings; acted in the 1996 film Extreme Measures; and voiced the character of Ape in the X-Men television series.
Early in his acting career, he played Eddie Dorance on the soap opera All My Children.
He founded a Toronto-based, pantomime-style theater company called Ross Petty Productions.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, he later settled in Toronto, Ontario, with his professional ballet dancer wife, Karen Kain.
He shared the stage with Betty Grable in a London West End production of Belle Starr.