Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Eventide section, lot #37.
Best remembered as the title character in The Lodger (1944).
His funeral eulogy was delivered by Vincent Price.
His rapid loss of weight to 200 pounds (88 kg) from 300 (132 kg) was more than his system could endure.
Mammoth-sized US character actor, often in sinister or sulking roles -- sometimes of men twice his real age. He died young, of complications from a crash campaign to lose weight. (See also Marie Prevost.).
He appeared in 3 movies with Gene Tierney: Hudson's Bay (1940), Rings on Her Fingers (1942) and Heaven Can Wait (1943).
He appeared in 3 movies with George Sanders: The Black Swan (1942), The Lodger (1944) and Hangover Square (1945).
Attended fashionable Episcople Academy just outside Philadelphia, where he became active in dramatics.
Was an usher at Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1937.
Attended Winchester Academy, a noted boys' school in Longport, New Jersey.
Played featured roles in six important films during the first year of his Fox contract.