was a Chicago vaudeville entertainer who came to the West Coast after
working in a speakeasy owned by Al Capone and being caught in a
gunfight. He landed in San Francisco, where he found work as
a comedy writer and performer on the "Blue Monday Jamboree" and Al
Pearce's "Happy Go Lucky Gang". He followed Pearce when he
took his show to the national networks in the 1930s (second photo).
He became a regular on radio and television, and is
best-known today for his role as comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on the
Dick Van Dyke Show of the 1960s.