George Wallace, a former coal miner and chief boatswain's mate in the U.S. Navy, got his start in show business working as a singing bartender. His first big break came playing Commando Cody in the Republic serial Radar Men from the Moon
(1952). Wallace next began a long, successful Broadway career, which included a Tony nomination. His Television career spanned over 54 years - from Fireside Theater
(1950) to Joan of Arcadia
(2004). In order to avoid confusion with comedian George Wallace
, he often billed himself with a middle initial.