Nisbet passed away on 23 June (16) at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, California.

A Los Angeles native, one of Nisbet's first professional acting gigs was in U.S. sitcom Dennis the Menance. Throughout the 1960s, he appeared in TV shows Gunsmoke, The Donna Reed Show, The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bewitched, and many others.

Nisbet had more than 170 acting credits to his name, and made cameos in other TV show such as The Monkees, Get Smart, Barnaby Jones, Bonanza, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains. His final appearance came in a 2001 episode of The Practice.

He also had big screen roles in films such as Oscar best picture winner In the Heat of the Night, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Casino, The Graduate, and The Quick and the Dead.