Ideal remembered for his leading jobs in Magic on 34th Road and on the traditional western Television series, The Restless Weapon. He grew up within an antebellum mansion that was ruined by a fireplace in the 40’s. He was struck by an automobile in NEW YORK in 1961, a major accident that needed 2 yrs of recovery and still left him with cosmetic marks. His son-in-law was article writer and movie director, Robert Towne. He’s known for co-starring with Edmund Gwenn, a.k.a. Santa Claus, in the vacation classic, Magic on 34th Road.