Character actor of the 30s and 40s who became known for his stuttering technique in films.
Played Pa Jones in the "Jones Family" comedy film series opposite Spring Byington.
Once a vaudeville song-and-dance man.
Performed as a teenager in variety shows; learned to dance, then in stock and vaudeville. Joined the New York production company 'Klaw and Erlanger' for 17 years. Between 1910 and 1922 also occasionally in revues and comedies on Broadway. Gave a memorable performance as the oily columnist in 'A Star is Born' (1937).