Most well known for his portrayal of Juror Number 9 in the 1957 film 12 Angry Men, he is also remembered for his work in the television shows Studio One in Hollywood, The United States Steel Hour and Playhouse 90.
Early in his acting career, he performed on Broadway in The Whirlwind (1919-1920); Near Santa Barbara (1921); Smooth as Silk (1921); and Bewitched (1924).
Also a stage performer, he is particularly notable for his portrayal of Giles Corey in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's famous play The Crucible.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he later lived and worked in New York, New York.
He appeared with Gregory Peck in the 1956 film The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.