In fact, he was one of the best of the lot. It's hard not to watch an old show from that era and not wonder why the work of Albert Salmi isn't more recognized. It's probably because he was a working actor guest starring in television shows instead of the actual star. He was never singled out for one particular role. Instead, he jumped from series to series creating memorable moments which helped make the golden age of television what it was.
With his non-actor look and sincere honest portrayals, he was able to bring us flawed good guys and human villains. While often cast as the heavy, Albert Salmi brought depth and insight to his roles, turning one dimensional characters into complicated individuals. A feat that many actors before and after him have often failed to do.