He appeared as the leading man in Fox movies such as Blood and Sand. His other notable films, The Mark of Zorro, Black Swan, and Witness For The Prosecution, gained him additional acclaim.
He made his professional debut in the film Tom Brown of Culver.
As a stage actor, he appeared in productions of John Brown's Body and Mister Roberts.
He was related to actor Laurence Olivier through his paternal great-grandmother, Anne Gilbert.
He starred with Jean Peters and Cesar Romero in the 1947 adventure film Captain from Castile.