Spent three years touring with Seven Frolics, a children's vaudeville act; adopted stage surname of Lahr
At age 18, joined the Columbia burlesque circuit; perfected act playing burlesque "Dutch" characters
Served in the US Navy during WWII
With Mercedes Delpino, formed act Lahr & Mercedes
Was first comedian and stage manager for "Roseland Girls"
Had biggest success in burlesque in "Keep Smiling"
First played NYC's Palace Theater
Broadway debut in "Harry Delmar's Revels"; show closed in 16 weeks
Had year-long run as the prize fighter hero of the musical "Hold Everything"
Appeared in the stage show "Flying High"
Feature film debut in "Flying High"
Starred in "Hot-Cha!", produced by Florenz Ziegfeld
Played opposite Beatrice Lillie in "The Show Is On", staged and conceived by Vincente Minnelli
Portrayed the Cowardly Lion/Zeke in "The Wizard of Oz"
Starred opposite Ethel Merman in the Cole Porter musical "DuBarry Was a Lady"
Reunited onstage with Beatrice Lille to star in Billy Rose's "Seven Lively Arts", featuring songs by Cole Porter
Made rare dramatic appearance onstage in "Burlesque"
Toured in "Make Mine Manhattan" in the role originated by Sid Caesar; appeared in film version
Reprised stage role in the TV adaptation of "Burlesque" (NBC)
Starred in the revue "Two on the Aisle"
Returned to the stage opposite Tom Ewell in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida
Played opposite E G Marshall in the Broadway production of "Waiting for Godot"
Had leading roles in two TV productions, "Androcles and the Lion" and "School for Wives"
Starred in the Broadway production "Hotel Paradiso", featuring Angela Lansbury
Appeared alongside Nancy Walker, Dick Van Dyke and Shelley Berman in the revue "The Girls Against the Boys"
Starred in the unsold pilot "Mr. O'Malley" (CBS)
Made first appearance in Shakespeare, cast as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Autolycus in "The Winter's Tale"
Appeared in "The Beauty Part" by S J Perelman
Won Tony Award for turn as Volpone in the musical "Foxy"
Played the father in the TV production of "The Fantasticks" (NBC)
Appeared in a series of TV commercials for Lay's Potato Chips
Collapsed during filming of last movie, "The Night They Raided Minsky's"