Joined the Merchant Marines as a cook
Worked as an efficiency expert for Budget Bureau of the State of Connecticut
While employed by the State of Connecticut joined Mark Twain's Maskers of Hartford
Professional Off-Broadway debut in Molière's "Don Juan" at the Fourth Street Theatre
Made Broadway debut playing an English soldier in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan"
Cast in the Circle in the Square¿s highly successful revival of "The Iceman Cometh" with Jason Robards
Film acting debut in Nicholas Ray's "Wind Across the Everglades"
Received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in "Murder, Inc."
Co-starred with Glenn Ford in "Pocketful of Miracles"; earned second Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
Earned an Emmy nomination for appearing in the "Cold Turkey" episode of James Whitmore's "The Law and Mr. Jones" (ABC)
Played a cab driver in the all-star comedy film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
Appeared opposite members of the Rat Pack in the crime spoof, "Robin and the 7 Hoods"
Portrayed Stalin in the Broadway production of "The Passion of Josef D."
Co-starred in the Blake Edwards farce "The Great Race" with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis
Played the title role in his debut TV series, "The Trials of O'Brien"
First appearance as Lt. Columbo in the TV-movie "Prescription: Murder"
First of four appearances in films directed by John Cassavetes, "Husbands"
Played the absent-minded police detective, Lt. Columbo in the long-running TV series "Columbo" (NBC)
Returned to Broadway for Neil Simon¿s play, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"; directed by Mike Nichols
Co-starred with Stockard Channing in Neil Simon's play "The Cheap Detective"
Re-teamed with director John Cassavetes for "A Woman Under the Influence"
Co-starred with Alan Arkin in the comedy "The In-Laws"
Featured in the national touring company of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" playing shady real-estate salesman, Shelley Levine
Played the beloved grandfather in Rob Reiner's fantasy film "The Princess Bride"
Played an ex-angel in Win Wenders' "Wings of Desire"
Reprised the role of Lt. Columbo for a long-running series of 2-hour ABC TV-movies; also co-executive produced and sometimes wrote
Appeared with Woody Allen in the television adaptation of Neil Simon's play "The Sunshine Boys" (CBS)
Returned to the stage to star in Arthur Miller's "Mr. Peter's Connections" at the Signature Theatre in New York
Appeared in Joe Mantegna's directorial debut, "Lakeboat," which also starred Joe Mantegna, Andy Garcia and John Turturo
Featured in the mobster drama "Made," opposite Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn
Co-starred in the two-part miniseries adaptation of the classic "The Lost World" with Bob Hoskins (aired on the BBC and A&E Networks)
Appeared in the final Columbo TV-movie, "Columbo Likes The Nightlife" on ABC
Provided the voice of Don Brizzi in the animated film "Sharktale"
Played Paul Reiser's father in "The Thing About My Folks"; also written and produced by Reiser
Featured in the thriller "Next" with Nicolas Cage
Final film appearance, playing a family priest in "American Cowslip"