An Italian born character actor in movies, stage and television often playing Italian Mafioso's and criminals. Born in Ischia, Italy, off the coast of Naples. He studied to be a doctor, but the love of opera got to him and became a successful baritone, singing at the legendary La Scala and touring the European continent.
After World War I he came to the United States and appeared in various stage plays and later came to Hollywood in the 1930's where he starred in over 150 movies and television shows. Later he divided his time between his native Italy and The United States where he was active in both mediums until his passing in 1969.