The hardworking screen star enjoyed a career spanning more than 60 years and received a best actor Oscar for his role as a romantic New York butcher in 1955’s low-budget Marty.
His trademark stocky build, gruff voice and leering grin led him to be frequently cast as the villain.
He featured in more than 60 films, including The Vikings (1958), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) and “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972).
In later years, he became well known to another generation as the voice of Mermaid Man on children’s TV series SpongeBobSquarePants,
He also voiced Carface on the animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven 2.