Born and raised in Manhattan
At age seven. played Puck in a school production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Dropped out of college and joined the stock company at the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania; after receiving harsh criticism, decided to quit acting
Returned home to NYC; worked on Wall Street
After stock market crash, decided to try acting again
Worked in radio, including appearing on "Impossible Detective Mysteries"
Played Sammy on "The Goldbergs" on radio
Performed in the radio drama "The Shadow"
Broadway acting debut, "Boy Meet Girl"
Had co-starring role in the play "Three Men on a Horse"
Joined Orson Welles' "Mercury Theatre on Air"
Performed in the now famous broadcast of "The War of the Worlds"
Feature acting debut, playing Bernstein in "Citizen Kane", directed by and starring Welles
Reteamed with Welles as co-star in "Journey Into Fear"
Returned to Broadway in "A Bell for Adano"
Directed stage productions "The Dancer" and "Twilight Bar"
Cast as Rita Hayworth's husband in Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai"
Co-starred with Tyrone Power and Welles in "Prince of Foxes"
Cast as the district attorney in "The Blue Veil"
Won attention as the gangster Albert Mendoza in "The Enforcer"
Originated role of ruthless businessman Ramsay in the Rod Serling-penned teleplay "Patterns"; recreated role in the 1956 feature film version
Co-starred in "The Big Knife"
Portrayed the boxer's manager in "Somebody Up There Likes Me", a biographical drama about fighter Rocky Graziano
Played Dr. Gachet in "Lust for Life", the Vincente Minnelli-directed biopic of artist Vincent Van Gogh
Hosted the TV program "Official Detective"
Essayed the rigid, religious father of Natalie Wood's title character in "Marjorie Morningstar"
Was the voice of the title character in the animated "The Dick Tracy Show"
Co-starred with Jerry Lewis in "The Patsy" and in "The Disorderly Orderly"; final feature film appearances
Provided character voices for the animated TV series "The Adventures of Jonny Quest"