Allen Case's roots are in Texas having grown up in Dallas and having attended Southern Methodist University. His first "break," however, came in New York when he appeared as a singer on the Arthur Godfrey morning show. This was followed by nightclub appearances and work in several Broadway shows including a one-year tour with "Damn Yankees." He went to Hollywood for a small part in the movie version of that show and stayed on to do occasional acting work in such TV westerns as "Wagon Train," "The Rifleman," "Gunsmoke," and "Have Gun Will Travel." Back in New York he worked in the off-Broadway production of "Once Upon a Mattress" but left that show for what proved to be the defining role in his career: Clay McCord, an Arizona Territory storekeeper and sometimes lawman in the TV series, "The Deputy." This series starred Henry Fonda and ran for two seasons from 1959 to 1961. It was followed by another western series, "The Legend of Jesse James," in 1965 in which Case played Frank James. His acting career faded after this point though his singing ability made him a popular performer on the dinner-theater circuit.