Having trained at the Pasadena Playhouse, he broke into films in 1950 and went on to play rugged, brawny, tanned leads in numerous films of the '50s, often appearing with a bare torso. He produced, directed, and acted in the film Walk by the Sea (1963). In the '60s he appeared mostly in low-budget European co-productions, and for a time he was popular in Germany as FBI agent Jerry Cotton in several thrillers. In the late '50s and early '60s he starred in the TV series The Adventures of Ellery Queen, Man and the Challenge, and Shannon; in the '70s he returned to work on TV in guest roles in several series and TV movies, then retired from acting. He wrote one novel, Chrome.