He worked as a ballroom dancer before beginning in film.
He was billed as the "Latin from Manhattan".
He proved himself a versatile star in a variety of roles in a career as an actor, dancer and comedian that lasted nearly 60 years.
He believed that to live well one must dress well - and never in the same outfit. His closets held 30 tuxedos, 200 sports jackets, and 500 suits.
After a recurring role on a 60s sitcom, he was often stopped on the street to chuckle and giggle.
He got a shout-out in the movie While You Were Sleeping.