His first Hollywood contract was with Lippert in 1949.
His father, Isidore Meltzer, was a comedic actor in vaudeville and the Yiddish theater.
Debuted on stage in 1939 in a touring production of "See My Lawyer" and appeared on Broadway in 1947 in "The Magic Touch".
Is interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California.
For years I auditioned for producers and directors who would fall on the floor laughing, but then I'd never hear from them again. Go ask them why I'm not working. Believe me, there's a lot more to working steadily than being a name and delivering the laughs. There's a certain--let's call it kowtowing--that I'm not prepared to do.
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