Unofficially acknowledged as the world's greatest archer, he performed bow stunts and served as a technical advisor on archery in several well-known movies.
He played basketball and football both in high school and through his college years at Auburn University. He then played semi-professional baseball in Florida.
In addition to his Hollywood career, he set a world record 391-yard bow shot in 1928, and was the only man during his lifetime to kill an elephant with a bow and arrow.
After graduating high school he married his former English teacher.
He was the stand-in bowman for Errol Flynn in the filming of the 1938 classic Robin Hood.