Grew up in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn with dreams of becoming a farmer
Attended Cornell University's School of Agriculture for six months
Served as a corporal in the US Army
Enrolled in Brooklyn College where he began acting regularly
First stage role of note, played the Commodore in Boston production of "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"
"Discovered" by director Mike Nichols while driving a cab
Broadway debut, "Lorenzo"
Breakthrough stage role, the telephone repairman in Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park", directed by Mike Nichols
Continued to drive cab, often picking up audience members who had seen him perform
TV series debut, played the recurring role of Uncle Harry on the sitcom "Occasional Wife"
Reprised the role of the bewildered telephone repairman in film version of "Barefoot in the Park"
Portrayed Murray the cop in the film version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"
Turned down a role in Mike Nichols' film version of "Catch 22" to star in a TV series
Co-starred with Bob ("Gilligan's Island") Denver in the "buddy" sitcom, "The Good Guys"
TV-movie debut, "In Name Only", an ABC romantic comedy
Starred in the busted pilot for a NBC comedy-drama entitled "Kosta and His Family"
Co-starred with Tim Conway in "The Boys", an unsold sitcom pilot
Occasionally played Mo Epstein, "sweat hog" Juan's uncle, on the hit high school sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter"
Co-starred with Robbie Rist in the live-action Saturday morning NBC children's fantasy series "Big John, Little John", as a junior high school science teacher who discovers the fountain of youth
Starred in "Honest Al's A-OK Used Car and Trailer Rental Tigers", a busted pilot for a syndicated sitcom
Played the regular role of Reggie, a harried bookkeeper, on the short-lived sitcom "Ladies' Man"
Played a regular role, Deputy Commissioner Herbert Klein, on the ABC cop drama "Strike Force"
Played a regular, the good-natured salesman Harry, on the first season of the ABC sitcom spin-off "9 to 5"
Played a recurring role on the respected NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"
Final film role, co-starred as psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Pletchik in Jerry Lewis' "Cracking Up/Smorgasbord"
Played the recurring role of Bea Arthur's no-good ex-husband Stanley Zbornak on the hit NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls"