Served in the Army for four years during World War II, mainly as a tank instructor at West Point
Signed as a professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics
Switched to pro baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Played for the Chicago Cubs
Sent down to the Angels, the Cubs' farm team in Los Angeles
Early credit in a major film, George Cukor's "Pat and Mike", starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
Cast as Lucas McCain in the popular TV series, "The Rifleman"
Met longtime fan, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, at a poolside party given by President Nixon in San Clemente
Appeared in an Emmy-nominated role as a lustful slave owner in the ABC-TV miniseries, "Roots"
Final major starring role in a feature, "Tourist Trap", a horror film set in a wax museum
Reprised the role of Lucas McCain, "The Rifleman" for the TV movie, "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns", starring Kenny Rogers