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Vinson had minor roles in some theatrical films in the late 1950s before landing other significant minor and recurring roles in television classics such as Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, and Wagon Train. In 1963, Vinson landed his more memorable role as George 'Christy' Christopher in McHale's Navy and as Sheriff Harold Sikes in the series Pistols 'n' Petticoats.
In the 1970s, Vinson landed only supporting guest roles in series such as The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., and Baa Baa Black Sheep, including his role as Doyle in the Original Series episode, Greetings from Earth.
Vinson had a minor role in another Glen Larson series, The Fall Guy, as well as Barnaby Jones and The Incredible Hulk.
Rumored to be distraught over a criminal charge, Vinson committed suicide in 1984.