Served in the US Navy during WWII; he was wounded off Guadalcanal and received a medical discharge in 1942
Film debut, "The Guilt of Janet Ames"
Played a variety of featured roles on "The Roy Rogers Show" (CBS)
Appeared as one-half of the outlaw Thompson Brothers on the first season of the ABC Western "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp"
Played the recurring role of Caleb on "Gunsmoke" (CBS)
Had a recurring role of the musical mountain man Briscoe Darling on "The Andy Griffith Show"
Played the grandfather on the ABC sitcom "Tammy"
Portrayed the Texas ranger on the hunt for "Bonnie and Clyde" in Arthur Penn's feature
Co-starred as Doris Day's father on the CBS sitcom "The Doris Day Show"
Created the role of a crusty lobbyist in the pilot of "Karen," an ABC sitcom starring Karen Valentine
Co-starred on "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" (NBC)
Played Uncle Jesse on "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS)
Again appeared as Briscoe Darling in the NBC TV movie "Return to Mayberry"
Final feature, a small role in "Maverick"
Reprised the role of Uncle Jesse for "Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion" (CBS)
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December