A former jockey.
Laid-back character actor from the stage (Broadway, 1919-1932), who specialised in Runyonesque gangsters or the wisecracking friend of the star. Particularly effective at delivering droll one-liners in his unique pitch-changing voice, which he did to great effect in such films as 'Union Pacific', 'Northwest Mounted Police', 'Roxie Hart' and 'Reap the Wild Wind".
Wife Emily Drange was a New York show girl between 1917 and 1922. She appeared in "Sonny," "Showboat" and "Sally," as well as several Ziegfeld Follies.
Father: William J. Overman; Mother: Dora Alice Johnson.