Beloved character actor who starred as Cap’n Andy Hawks in the initial 1927 Broadway production from the musical Display Boat, aswell such as the 1932 Broadway revival as well as the 1936 film adaptation. He was created in Athens, Wisconsin, and began being a vaudeville performer. He performed Abel Frake in the 1945 film musical Condition Fair, and made an appearance with Judy Garland in the movies Small Nellie Kelly and Ziegfeld Female. He received a superstar in the Hollywood Walk of Popularity. He wedded Gertrude Walker in 1951. In 1954, he came out as a previous vaudevillian actor called Barney Kurtz on I REALLY LIKE Lucy, which starred Lucille Ball.