Played the role of the town banker, Mr. Anderson, on the television series Little House on the Prairie and was a prolific character actor on television for decades.
His first stage appearance came as an infant, cradled in his mother's arms.
In addition to his most famous role in Little House on the Prairie, he guest-starred in the series Happy Days, The Dukes of Hazzard, and provided voices for several Disney films and albums.
He was born in Macon, Georgia, in a showbusiness family, in which his mother ran an acting company in which his father appeared.
He appeared in the 1946 film The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner.