Served with the US Navy during WWII; was decorated with a Purple Heart
While studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse, acted on Broadway in supporting roles with Mae West in her revival of her play "Diamond Lil", and also in "The Rainmaker", which starred Geraldine Page and Darren McGavin
Also acted in early New York-based TV, including the anthology drama programs, "Playwrights '56" and "Kraft Theatre"; one of most notable appearances was in the acclaimed presentation, "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1956), which starred Paul Newman and aired on the "U.S. Steel Hour"
Acted in touring stage shows in the later 1950s, including "The Rainmaker" in Chicago and "Finian's Rainbow" in the South and in Puerto Rico; then settled in Hollywood
Feature film debut, "Pork Chop Hill"
Was severed injured in an accident while on the set of a TV series in 1964 and, with occasional exceptions, spent much of the next decade-plus working as a top casting agent
Worked as a casting director for Quinn Martin Productions' ABC drama series, "The F.B.I." (1965-1974), for other Quinn Martin projects, and for MGM Television, Lorimar and Spelling-Goldberg Productions
First film with director Robert Altman, "Brewster McCloud"
First TV-movie, "If Tomorrow Comes"
Feature film credits began to pick up again
Debut as TV series regular: played the role of Pell, the city editor, on the short-lived NBC serial drama, "Gibbsville"
First TV miniseries, "The Awakening Land"
Played Mario on the ABC sitcom, "It's a Living"
Played recurring role of 'Dandy' Dandridge on one season of the CBS primetime serial drama, "Dallas"
Played Daddy in "Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will"
Last of eight films with Robert Altman, a cameo appearance as himself alongside brother Guy
Appeared in "Forces of Nature"