Began his performing career as a part of the US Army's 44th Special Service Provisional Company during World War II.
Dano provided the voice for Disney's audioanimatronic Abraham Lincoln in "Great Moments with Mister Lincoln," presented as part of the State of Illinois pavilion during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was later turned into the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction at Disneyland. He has also voiced Lincoln for the Hall of Presidents at DisneyWorld. His voice is still in use today.
Died in 1994 of a heart attack after a car accident. He was 71.
Father of actor Rick Dano and Royal Edward Dano Jr. (born on September 19,1946 and died on February 25,1994).
Grandfather of Hutch Dano.
He and his son, Royal Edward Dano Jr., are interred at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California in Plot C-189, 9.
Profiled in Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget by Justin Humphreys (BearManor Media).
Was nominated by the New York Critic's Circle as one of the promising actors of 1949.