In early life, made a living as a salvage diver, tailor and prizefighter.
Badly burned his hands during the filming of 1941's Lady Hamilton, when he extinguished a flaming wig on Laurence Olivier's head.
Served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and attained the rank of lieutenant.
His brother, Robert Owen Wilcoxon, was killed in 1940 while assisting troops during the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Starred in and produced a number of films with his good friend Cecil B. DeMille.
In 1980's Caddyshack, played the golf-obsessed Bishop Pickering, who is struck by lightning during a storm after being told by his caddy (Bill Murray) to "keep playing. I don't think the heavy stuff's gonna come down for quite awhile."
His 1991 posthumously published autobiography is titled Lionheart in Hollywood, a reference to him having played King Richard the Lionhearted in 1935's The Crusades.
Lurleene Minuette Núñez de Córdoba — Mother
Wendy Joan — Daughter
Cecilia Dawn — Daughter
Joan Woodbury — Ex-wife
Sheila Garrett Browning — Ex-wife
Robert Owen Wilcoxon — Brother
Heather Ann — Daughter
Robert Stanley Wilcoxon — Father
Birth Name: Harry Frederick Wilcoxon
Birth Place: Roseau, Dominica, British West Indies