Carried onstage at 18 months
Cast in children's roles in productions such as "Richard III" (playing the little prince) and "Two Little Vagabonds"
Went to work with mother in Ireland, eventually returning to England
By age 14 was not only acting but serving as assistant stage manager of a repertory company (date approximate)
Began serving in Royal Navy; did some entertaining of his fellow servicemen, but much time spent doing serious work aboard a minesweeper
Returned to acting after World War II and worked his way up to the prominent York Repertory company
Joined London's Whitehall Farce Players, performing in "Reluctant Heroes", "Simple Spymen" and "Dry Rot", among other plays
Performed in London production of Shaw's "Misalliance", with Roger Livesey, Alan Webb and Donald Pleasance
Film debut in "Spin a Dark Web"
Played the man in the crow's nest who spots the iceberg in "A Night to Remember"; learned at its premier that his father had been a Titanic steerage passenger who had tried to guide passengers to safety
Met his wife (also an actor) in Rome doing "The Amorous Prawn"
Worked on a TV series called "Three Live Wires", meeting its producer Ray Saffian Allen who told him if he came to the states, " . . . I promise you a couple of shots"
First Hollywood stage performance, "Write Me a Murder"
American TV debut on "The Danny Thomas Show" (CBS), playing an inept waiter named Alfie
Acted in John Huston's "The List of Adrian Messenger"
Portrayed Malcom Merriweather in "Andy's English Valet" episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS), the first of three appearances for the popular Merriweather character
Appeared on episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS), "McHale's Navy" (ABC) and "Twelve O'Clock High" (ABC)
Performed in three episdoes of "The Farmer's Daughter" (ABC) as three different characters
Acted in two "Man From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC) missions, one "The Mother Muffin Affair" with Boris Karloff in drag as Mother Muffin
Played recurring role of the eccentric warlock Dr Bombay on "Bewitched" (ABC); had previously played Osgood Wrightmeyer, a supposed "witchbuster", in a 1966 episode
Had recurring role as Colonel Crittenden on "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS)
Played Dr Watson to Stewart Granger's Sherlock Holmes in TV-movie "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (ABC)
Portrayed Constable Hooks in the feature "Arnold"
Acted, was master of ceremonies, directed and wrote "A Night in an English Music Hall", a recreation of a Victorian Music Hall at Santa Monica's Mayfair Theatre; later distilled portions he had written into a one-man show "Miniature Music Hall", which he performed in a variety of venues
Appeared in "Herbie Rides Again", starring Don Knotts and Dean Jones
Provided Chairman's voice in animated feature "The Rescuers"
Broadway debut as Duchotel in "13 Rue de L'Amour"
Portrayed Captain Chablat in TV-movie "Gaugin the Savage" (CBS)
Reteamed with Don Knotts for "The Private Eyes"
Lent his voice to the sequel "The Rescuers Down Under" (Chairmouse and Doctor)
Second time on the doomed Titanic, this time as Colonel Archibald Gracie in James Cameron's "Titanic"