Lived in Italy with mother when she separated from his father
Served in U.S. Navy for a total of 10 years, including during World War II
Worked at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA
Landed first stage role in "State of the Union"
Played the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
Made Broadway debut in "Harvey" in the role of a nurse
Made feature film debut in "China Corsair"
Made TV series debut, "Captain Video and His Video Rangers" as the archenemy of the hero
Cast in first significant role, playing the cruel Sgt. 'Fatso' Judson in "From Here to Eternity"
Landed breakthrough film role, playing the warmhearted butcher in "Marty"
Played the title character on the ABC sitcom "McHale's Navy"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1962 for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor
Co-starred in "The Flight of the Phoenix"
Played General Worden in the feature "The Dirty Dozen"
Landed featured role as one of "The Wild Bunch"
Made TV-movie debut in "The Trackers" (ABC)
Acted in the thriller "Willard"
Co-starred in "The Poseidon Adventure"
Portrayed a railroad-riding hobo in "Emperor of the North Pole"
Appeared in the Muhammad Ali biopic "The Greatest"
Returned to TV as co-star of the short-lived series "Future Cop" (ABC)
Played the Centurion in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"
Delivered a fine turn as the veteran soldier in the CBS remake of "All Quiet on the Western Front"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special (1980)
Portrayed FBI head J Edgar Hoover in "Blood Feud" (Syndicated)
Played Dominic Santini, war buddy and second banana to Jan-Michael Vincent's Hawke on the CBS series "Airwolf"
Reprised role of General Worden in a trio of "Dirty Dozen" TV-movies for NBC
Landed recurring role on the ABC drama "The Commish"
Returned to series TV playing doorman Manny Cordoba on "The Single Guy" (NBC)
Made cameo appearance in the big screen remake of "McHale's Navy"
Offered fine turn as a janitor in "Gattaca"
Voiced the mermaid man on the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon)
Starred as the former FBI director in "Hoover"; also executive produced
Narrated the documentray "An American Hobo"
Played a retired showman in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "A Grandpa For Christmas"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Published his autobiography <i>Ernie</i>
Appeared on the final episode of NBC's "ER," playing a husband whose long marriage ended with his wife's death; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor
Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name
Made final TV acting appearance in the drama "Love's Christmas Journey" (Hallmark Channel)
Final film role, "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez"