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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 14, 2002|
|Born:||February 7, 1915||Cause of Death:||Complications of surgery following a fall in his home|
|Birth Place:||Queens, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Began vaudeville career as a child performer
Made stage acting debut in the play "Lottery"
Broadway debut in "The Man on Stilts"
Co-starred in the NYC production of "So Proudly We Hail"
Had supporting role in the stage version of "Brother Rat"
Feature film acting debut, "Too Many Girls"
Signed by Paramount
Played first leading roles in films in "Sweater Girl" (1942) and "Young and Willing" (1943)
Co-starred in two Preston Sturges-directed features, "Hail the Conquering Hero" and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek"
Last film for Paramount, "Ladies' Man"
Supplied a voice for the syndicated children's cartoon show, "Willie Wonderful"
Last film for almost a decade, "A Slight Case of Larceny"
Began touring in the stage play "The Seven Year Itch"; appeared on Broadway in the lead in 1955 and continued touring on and off throughout the rest of the 1950s
Was a panelist on the NBC game show, "Make the Connection"
Hosted the TV game show "Masquerade Party" for one season
Debut as theatrical producer with "Beg, Borrow or Steal"; also acted in play
Last onscreen role in films for over two decades, the Italian-produced "Una Domenica d'Estate"
Played Felix Ungar in the Broadway version of "The Odd Couple"
Toured in "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running"
Became co-owner of the Staircase Theatre
Supplied one of the voices for the animated musical comedy, "Shinbone Alley"
Played Horace Vandergelder to Carol Channing's Dolly Levi in the touring revival of "Hello, Dolly!"; played Broadway in 1978 and London in 1979
Returned to feature films to appear in a supporting role in "National Lampoon's Vacation"
Toured Australia in the vaudeville-inspired "Sugar Babies"
Played Cap'n Andy Hawkes on the PBS "Great Performances" presentation of the landmark stage musical, "Show Boat"
Had recurring role on the NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls"
Returned to films in "Oscar"
Had title role in the Paper Mill Playhouse staging of "The Wizard of Oz"
Played Father Burke on the NBC primetime drama series, "Winnetka Road"
Last film role to date, a small part in "Baby's Day Out"
Made guest appearance on the nostalgia-tinged AMC series "Remember WENN"
Starred in the PBS adaptation of Arthur Miller's play "The Ryan Interview"
Memorably guest-starred as Stuckeyville Stan on an episode of the NBC series "Ed"
Appeared in the Paper Mill Playhouse staging of "Carousel"
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