He began acting as a teenager in the country of his birth before moving to the UK. He appeared uncredited in several films in the late 1940s and early 1950s gaining his first television role in Sixpenny Corner, the very first ITV soap in 1955. He also appeared in Boyd Q.C., The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, Skyport, Armchair Theatre, The Human Jungle, Out of the Unknown, From a Bird's Eye View, Emmerdale Farm, The Onedin Line, Z Cars, Whodunnit?, The New Avengers, The Sweeney, Tycoon, Flambards, The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, Casualty and Van der Valk.
He made his main mark in films with starring roles in The Day the Earth Caught Fire , First Men in the Moon and Island of Terror and was given a contract by Paramount Pictures but gained a reputation for being difficult to work with and his movie career wained. He also appeared in Carry On Sergeant, Sink the Bismarck!, It Takes a Thief, The Long Ships, Strange Bedfellows, The Vengeance of She, Living Free, O Lucky Man! and The Vault of Horror.
Radio work included The Monday Play, Saturday-Night Theatre, Afternoon Theatre and Waggoners' Walk.
After his retirement in the early 1990s, it was reported that he became a credit officer for a Canadian Investment bank.