American actor known for playing authority figures including officials, police officers, and military men. He is best known for his portrayal of Jack Boland on General Hospital and for playing Dr. Elias Huer in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
He was a reclusive figure who lived on an island near the coast of New Jersey.
He was once the owner of The Foothill Theater Company in Nevada City, California, until it closed down.
He was married to Mary Fosket from 1957 to 1974. Together, they had one son. He later remarried Sheila MacLurg O'Connor.
He co-starred with Peter Falk on the series Columbo.