He gave a memorable performance as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. His roles in Foxy, The Birds, and Waiting for Godot brought him additional fame.
He was in the play Waiting for Godot, written by the brilliant Samuel Beckett.
He was in Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland.
He dropped out of school at age fifteen to join a juvenile Vaudeville act.
He had difficulty divorcing his first wife due to the fact that she was hospitalized with a severe mental health problem. He was married to his second wife, Mildred Schoroeder, from 1940 to 1967.