Served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
Spent his early career performing in regional theater, including the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT (where he appeared alongside Katharine Hepburn in Much Ado About Nothing).
Was an actor-in-residence for Penn State University in 1965.
Originally expected his role as vampire Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows to last for only a few weeks; however, both the character and the show became hits, spawning bubblegum cards, books, board games and a 1970 theatrical film.
At the height of his popularity, he received nearly 6,000 fan letters a week.
In 1993, directed a production of The Lion in Winter at the Georgia College Theater in Milledgeville, GA.
Continued to attend Dark Shadows conventions in the 2000s.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1948); attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England; Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (MFA in Directing, 1957)