Star of CBS Radio's "Texaco Star Theater" (1940-1944).
Radio comic of the 1930s and '40s.
Worked in vaudeville under a variety of names, including John Sullivan (the one his parents gave him), Paul Huckle, Fred St. James and Benjamin Franklin.
His face & baggy eyes became familiar to millions of movie goers in his mid 30s.
In July, 1955, had an appendectomy, which caused him to miss two telecasts of What's My Line? (1950) where he had found a home as a regular weekly panelist.