Stage debut in "Tom Thumb's Wedding"
Appeared on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour"
Spent two years as Tallulah Bankhead's stage manager
Short film acting debut in "Night in Manhattan" (Paramount)
Tested and signed by Columbia
Feature film debut in Columbia's "Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence"
First film with Rita Hayworth, Charles Vidor's "The Lady in Question"
First of eight films with director George Marshall, "Texas"
Served in United States Marine Corps
Soared to popularity in Vidor's "Gilda" (opposite Rita Hayworth) and Curtis Bernhardt's "A Stolen Life" (with Bette Davis playing a dual role and debuting as producer)
Last film with Vidor, "The Loves of Carmen"
First of two films with Fritz Lang, "The Big Heat" (also the follow-up "Human Desire" 1954)
Portrayed NYC public school teacher in Richard Brooks' "The Blackboard Jungle", adapted from Evan Hunter's novel
Played peace-loving storekeeper in "The Fastest Gun Alive"
Demonstrated his facility for comedy in "Teahouse of the August Moon"
Made exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing 5th in 1956, 1st in 1958, and 6th in 1959
Acted the part of a stern cattle boss in "Cowboy"
Starred in Vincent Minnelli's glossy World War II picture "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"
Second movie opposite Bette Davis, Frank Capra's final film, "A Pocketful of Miracles", a remake of Capra's 1933 "Lady for a Day"; also served as associate producer
Reunited with Minnelli for "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" with Ron Howard
Eleventh and last film with character actor Edgar Buchanan, "The Rounders"
Fifth and final film with Hayworth, "The Money Trap"
Appeared in Rene Clement's "Is Paris Burning?"
Starred in CBS series "Cade's County"
Donned the cloth as Reverend Tom Holvak opposite Julie Harris as his wife Elizabeth in NBC movie "The Greatest Gift" and subsequent short-lived, 1975 spin-off series, "The Family Holvak"
Portrayed Rear Admiral Raymond Spruane in "Midway"
Acted the part of Christopher Reeve's father on Earth in "Superman"
Appeared in NBC miniseries "The Sacketts"; cast included Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Ben Johnson
Acted in "Virus", allegedly the biggest budgeted Japanese film to date
Grandfatherly turn as Amos in "My Town", an ABC "Disney Sunday Movie"
Last feature to date, "Raw Nerve"
Played Adela Rogers St Johns' famous defense lawyer father in TNT movie "The Final Verdict"
Hospitalized in intensive care with a heart problem and several blood clots; condition upgraded to "serious" in July after nearly a month; released in August