His motion picture career took in parts as John the Baptist in Salome (1953), Richard Wagner in Magic Fire (1955) and as the corrupt manager of a rugby club in This Sporting Life (1963).
During World War II he served in the British army and took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest.
Was a British paratrooper and liaised with the French Resistance in World War II; being half-French, he did a lot of work behind enemy lines with the Resistance and claimed he had killed several men in hand-to-hand combat.
His World War II skills proved valuable when, many years later, he found two delinquents breaking into his car. When they saw him approach, they produced flick-knives and might have killed him, but he was able to disarm both of them and contrived to break all four of their wrists.