He did not learn to ride a horse until he was in his 40s.
He and his wife worked in vaudeville, but lost all their money in the Crash of 1929, and moved to California to try their fortunes there.
In real life he was intelligent, well-groomed and articulate.
Concerning westerns, he said, "I hate 'em. Really can't stand 'em. You have so few plots."
Married one time, to Olive E. Ireland, for about 43 years.