Oscar-winning, burly star of the film Marty and the series McHale's Navy who was awarded a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2011.
When he was ninety-two years old, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the TV show, ER.
In 1956, he received an Oscar from Grace Kelly for his work on the film, Marty.
He played sports in high school, and joined the United States Navy in 1935. He became a 1st-class gunner's mate aboard the USS Lamberton after re-enlisting in 1941.
He married and divorced four times before marrying Tova Traesnaes in 1973. He had a son named Cristopher and two daughters named Sharon and Diana.