Came to the United States at the age of ten.
He decided upon a stage career and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He had nine years experience on the Broadway stage in mostly literary adaptations, before moving to Hollywood in 1919,.
Suffered a paralytic stroke.
Tormented by the stoke that hampered his acting career, he was found dead in his car in a Santa Monica auto garage, an apparent suicide (gunshot to the head).