He acted in Aristophanes' play, "Lysistrata," in a Playwrights Theatre Club Production at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Vicki Cummings (Lysistrata), Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Barbara Harris, Andrew Duncan, and Jeffrey Sweet in the cast. Paul Sills and Bernie Sahlins were directors.
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A founding member of Chicago's Compass Theater. Noted as a master of improvisational comedy, and, especially his pseudo-intellectual monologues. On screen, usually played eccentric roles. At his best as Soviet counter-intelligence agent Kropotkin in The President's Analyst
(1967). Also played an evil doctor in two instalments of the 'Planet of the Apes' cycle ('Conquest of...' and 'Battle for...'...