One look into Don Calfa's piercing eyes makes it clear why he was cast as resourceful mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner in 1985's gory horror comedy "The Return of the Living Dead. " Equal parts Bela Lugosi and Buster Keaton, Calfa never allowed his distinctive look to typecast him, and often leapt from genre to genre to avoid falling into a rut. Reportedly inspired by the quintessential teenage drama, "Rebel Without a Cause," Calfa dropped out of high school in the late 1950s to pursue acting full-time. He broke into the industry in the late '60s, where he would thrive for decades playing offbeat characters on both the big and small screen. Calfa's knack for hiding himself in his roles proved valuable; he appeared on "Barney Miller" seven times between 1977 and 1981, playing a different character each time. Calfa was in a pair of hits in the latter half of the decade, first Dan O'Bannon's aforementioned zombie flick, and then the outrageous high-concept comedy "Weekend at Bernie's," in which he played hapless hit man Paulie. Calfa has also scored minor roles working with A-list actors and directors, including Steven Spielberg for the World War II farce "1941" and the 1981 neo-noir film "The Postman Always Rings Twice," which starred Jack Nicholson.