He passed away in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles on 19 December (15), his family announced in a Los Angeles Times obituary published on Thursday (07Jan16).

DICk is best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock's crime drama Rope in 1948, opposite Elvis Presley in Flaming Star, and in The Red Badge of Courage, Home of the Brave, and Saigon.

He also appeared in TV shows Waterfront, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, and 77 Sunset Strip, and wrote scripts for episodes of TV series including Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Family Affair.

He retired from the entertainment industry to become a psychologist after he earned a PhD in 1971.