Student, University Texas, 1948-1949; student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1949, 60, 68, 70, 71; student, University College, London U., 1963.
Actor, motion pictures, television and stage, since 1950. Faculty member drama Department, University Southern California, 1972-1978, Actor's and Dir's. lab, Hollywood, California, 1968-1978, Sherwood Oaks Experimental College since 1975. Artist-in-residence Carson-Newman College, 1974.
Lecturer on dialects and regional speech at many universities. Dialect coach to numerous actors and actresses, including Sir Lawrence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Ann-Margaret, Lee Remick, Charleton Heston, Anthony Hopkins, Louise Fletcher, Cicely Tyson.
Member Screen Actor's Guild (national director 1969-1973, 3d national vice president 1971, 2d national vice president 1972, 1st national vice president 1973, delegate California Federation Labor. convention, also American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations leadershipconf.), American Federation of television and Radio Artists (national board directors since 1969, 4th vice president Hollywood, 1975-1978), Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy television Arts and Sciences, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (charter), Writers Guild American, Actors' Equity Association, British Equity.
Married June Bettine Grimstead, March 18, 1961.