Produced a sitcom pilot for ABC called "The Fireman's Ball." The plot concerned the misadventures of a group of San Francisco firemen. ABC liked the concept enough to recast and re-shoot another pilot in 1975, with Johnny Brown
and David Ketchum
the only returning actors, but the network decided not to pick it up for its fall ...
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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[on the difficulties of being a tall actor] You ever see a picture called The Flying Missile
(1950)? I was in it, and Glenn Ford
starred. We were on a submarine, and I was looking out of the periscope all the time. Only it would look bad if we had to lower the periscope for Ford after I finished looking out of it. So I spent the whole picture crouched over.
He directed 5 of the 158 episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1961) after being hired as an actor to play next-door neighbor Jerry Helper, a dentist. He found he had a real gift for directing and went on to direct Happy Days
(1974) and the pilot for Laverne & Shirley
Frequently appears in a small (often one scene) role