The American Herbert worked as a sketch writer and screenwriter who appeared mainly in vaudeville theaters or moved with theater companies across America. Overall, he is said to have written over 150 sketches and pieces. In 1927 he also appeared on Broadway. Beginning of the 1930s, he signed with Warner Brothers and played mostly absent or goofy, but lovable characters. In this case, these roles were extremely diverse, Herbert played throughout his career such as eccentric millionaires, bewildered professors and dilapidated tramp.
Although he was also seen in other genres, but mainly comedies made him as The Gold Diggers of 1935, A Midsummer Night's Dream and magicians of love for a popular character actor of his time. In some of his roles Herbert it was suitable to be to use the exclamation " Woo Woo ". This was acquired his trademark and also from other actors. While he was always entrusted in larger films with prominent supporting roles in smaller films he played lead roles. One such film was There 's One Born Every Minute, in which Elizabeth Taylor made her feature film debut.
End of the 1940s was Herbert's success after he withdrew increasingly into private life. Until his death, he appeared in some 110 films. Herbert was married twice, both marriages ended in divorce. In 1952, he died at the age of 68 of a heart attack. In his honor, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 admitted.