The grandson of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, he practised law until he began appearing in films in 1932; usually cast in supporting roles, he had a memorable lead opposite Marlene Dietrich in Von Sternberg's The Scarlet Empress (1934). During his short career he appeared in American, British, French, and Italian films. His career was interrupted by service in World War Two, during which he served as liaison officer between the American and French fleets. After the War he gave up acting to pursue politics. From 1946-48 he was in the House of Representatives (from Connecticut). From 1950-54 he was Governor of Conecticut. From 1955-61 he was Ambassador to Spain, and from 1969-73 he was Ambassador to Argentina. In 1979 he was appointed Ambassador to Switzerland. In 1984 he was named a delegate to the United Nations. His wife was actress Francesca Braggiotti.