Portrayed Mike Hammer in "Kiss Me Deadly"
Acted in "The Anderson Tapes"
After graduating from Northwestern, enlisted in the US Navy; military service ended after a shipboard accident left him with a neck injury
Appeared in the Western "The Naked Spur"
At age three, moved with family to Chicago (date approximate)
During 1950s, appeared frequently as guest performer on TV programs like "Kraft Television Theatre", "Goodyear Playhouse", "Studio One", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Playhouse 90" and "The Loretta Young Show"
Final film, "Without Warning"
Had co-starring turn in "The Dirty Dozen"
Played featured role in the NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer"
Professional stage debut in small role of national touring company of "The Doughgirls" in Chicago
Returned to Broadway to star in "Picnic" by William Inge; acted opposite Janice Rule
Was in Broadway production of "Cloud 7" opposite Martha Scott
Breakthrough stage role in "Mister Roberts"; also understudied Henry Fonda in lead role
Co-starred in the ABC movie "The Night Stalker"
Had lead role of a police detective in Hawaii in the syndicated TV series "Not for Hire"
Had pivotal role as one of three French soldiers sentenced to the firing squad in "Paths of Glory", directed by Stanley Kubrick
Once again appeared opposite Rule in the "Playhouse 90" production of "Four Women in Black"
Played featured role in the NYC premiere of Arthur Miller's play "After the Fall"; future wife Salome Jens co-starred
Put under contract by MGM
Replaced Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway and later toured in the role opposite Judith Evelyn as Blanche
Reunited with "Picnic" co-star Janice Rule in "A Woman's Devotion", helmed by actor Paul Henried
Appeared on Broadway in Ionesco's "Rhinocerous"
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Broadway debut in "Strange Fruit", directed by Jose Ferrer
Final Broadway appearance, "Mrs. Dally" opposite Arlene Francis
Last stage appearances in the L.A. production of David Rabe's "Streamers"
Made last TV appearance in an episode of "The Eddie Capra Mysteries" (NBC)
Reportedly turned down opportunity to recreate stage role in film version of "Picnic" because he didn't want to sign long-term contract with Columbia Pictures
Served as assistant stage manager and bit player in "Cyrano de Bergerac", directed by and starring Jose Ferrer
Starred in the pre-Broadway tour of "Top Man", co-starring Lee Remick; show opened in New Haven and closed in Philadelphia
Starred opposite Carroll Baker in "Something Wild"
Toured in play "Up in Mabel's Room"
Was featured in the ABC movie "Lost Flight"