Suave star who appeared in classic action films including White Heat, The Chase, and Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. As a television actor, he played roles in The Untouchables, Route 66, and The Twilight zone.
He worked as a cowboy in Texas and then began performing on stage.
He was typically cast in character roles, playing gangsters and tough-guy boxers.
He dated and cheated on Mamie Van Doren. He divorced Florence Lockwood in 1946.
His performance in Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison helped inspire Johnny Cash's immortal song, Folsom Prison Blues.