Cummins passed away on 1 July (16) from complications from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and chronic myeloid leukaemia at a hospice in Canoga Park, California, his sister confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

He began his career in the spotlight at a young age, making his debut on Broadway in the original 1951 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Cummins went on to appear in the original casts of shows such as Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon and The Music Man starring Barbara Cook.

By the 1970s he had made his way to the big screen, having small roles in iconic films such as Dog Day Afternoon, American Gigolo, Ghostbusters II and Tango & Cash.

Cummins also appeared in movies such as Busting, The Presidio, Narrow Margin, The Relic, The Rundown, and his final film credit, 1997's Gang Related, starring James Belushi, Dennis Quaid and Tupac Shakur, who died a year (96) before the movie was released. Gang Related also marked rapper Tupac's final performance in a movie.