He was born Ernest Joseph Caringi in Mechanicville, New York on December 23, 1931, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He and his parents owned and operated the Hollywood supper club Panzas Lazy Susan in the 1950s and 1960s. He began appearing in films and television in the late 1950s as Steve Drexel, and was featured in such films as the Lon Chaney bio-pic Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). His other films include The Tarnished Angels (1958), Hot Rod Gang (1958), Swamp Girl (1971), and Superchick (1973). He also appeared on television in episodes of World of Giants, Assignment: Underwater, and The Six Million Dollar Man.
Drexel died of lung and bone cancer in Quartz Hill,