Grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut
Enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and spent three years as a radio specialist in the South Pacific during WWII
Joined Cape Playhouse stock company in Dennis, Massachusetts as set designer, assistant stage manager and later actor
Broadway debut as understudy in the musical, "Wish You Were Here"
Worked as TV production assistant at CBS before switching to acting
Moved to California
TV acting debut, "The Way of the World"
Film debut, "Scarlet Hour"
Appeared in title role of Walt Disney TV series, "Texas John Slaughter"
Cast opposite Marilyn Monroe in the never-completed film, "Something's Got to Give"
Acted in final film, "The Nacro Men"
First novel published, "The Other"
Wrote first screenplay, adapting the "The Other"
Began writing full time
Novel, "Crowned Heads" adapted in part as Billy Wilder film, "Fedora"