TV comedy innovator of Your Show of Shows and Casesar's Hour in the 1950s which earned him several Emmy Award nominations and two wins.
He left home to pursue a music career as a saxophonist and later would audit classes at Juilliard.
He played Coach Calhoun in the films, Grease and Grease 2.
He married Florence Levy in 1943 and he had three children: Rick, Karen and Michele.
He played a role in the show, Four in the Game with Tommy Lee Jones.