Richard Arlen

Richard Arlen

  • Birthday: 1899-08-30
  • Deathday: 1976-03-28
  • Place of birth: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Also know as: Van Mattimore

Biography

Richard Arlen (born Sylvanus Richard Mattimore) was an American film and television actor. He served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Flying Corps during World War I. After the war, he went to the oilfields of Texas and Oklahoma and found work as a tool boy. He was thereafter a messenger and sporting editor of a newspaper before going to Los Angeles to act in films, but no producer wanted him. He was a delivery boy for a film laboratory when the motorcycle which he was riding landed him a broken leg outside the Paramount Pictures lot. A sympathetic film director gave him his start as an extra. He appeared at first in silent films before making the transition to talkies. His first important film role was in Vengeance of the Deep. He took time out from his Hollywood career to teach as a United States Army Air Forces flight instructor in World War II. Arlen is best known for his role as a pilot in the Academy Award-winning Wings with Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Gary Cooper, El Brendel, and his second wife, Jobyna Ralston, whom he married in 1927. He was among the more famous residents of the celebrity enclave, Toluca Lake, California. He married New York socialite, Margaret Kinsella, in 1946. In 1939, Universal teamed him with Andy Devine for a series of 14 B-pictures, mostly action-comedies with heavy reliance on stock footage from larger-scale films. They are informally known as the "Aces of Action" series, which is how the stars were billed in the trailers. When Arlen left the studio in 1941, the series continued with Devine teamed with a variety of other actors. In the 1950s and early 1960s, Arlen was active in television, having guest starred in several anthology series, including Playhouse 90, The Loretta Young Show, The 20th Century Fox Hour, and in three episodes of the series about clergymen, Crossroads. In 1960, Arlen was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the film industry. In 1968, he appeared on Petticoat Junction playing himself. The episode was called "Wings" and it was in direct reference to the 1927 silent movie Wings. Arlen appeared in westerns, such as Lawman, Branded, Bat Masterson, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Wagon Train, and Yancy Derringer, and in such drama/adventure programs as Ripcord, Whirlybirds, Perry Mason, The New Breed, Coronado 9, and Michael Shayne.

Filmography

Accomplice

1946

As Simon Lash

Submarine Alert

1943

As Lewis J. 'Lee' Deerhold

Minesweeper

1943

As Richard Houston

Identity Unknown

1945

As Johnny March

The Four Feathers

1929

As Lt. Harry Faversham

The Man I Love

1929

As Joe "Dum-Dum" Brooks

Wildcat

1942

As Johnny Maverick

The Big Bonanza

1944

As Capt. Jed Kilton

The Light of Western Stars

1930

As Dick Bailey

Blonde Blackmailer

1955

As Tony Pelassier

The Lady and the Monster

1944

As Dr. Patrick Cory

Let 'em Have It

1935

As Mal Stevens

Call of The Yukon

1938

As Gaston Rogers

Three Live Ghosts

1936

As William 'Bill' Jones, an alias of William Foster

That's My Baby!

1944

As Tim Jones

Speed to Spare

1948

As Cliff Jordan

The Man from Montreal

1939

As Clark Manning

Secret Valley

1937

As Lee Rogers

A Dangerous Game

1941

As Dick Williams

Burning Up

1930

As Lou Larrigan

Timber Queen

1944

As Russell Evans

The Phantom Speaks

1945

As Matt Fraser

Lucky Devils

1941

As Dick McManus

The Devil's Pipeline

1940

As Dick Talbot

Alaska Highway

1943

As Woody Ormsby

Caught

1931

As Lt. Tom Colton

Forced Landing

1941

As Dan Kendall

Power Dive

1941

As Brad Farrell

Mutiny on the Blackhawk

1939

As Capt. Robert Lawrence

Ready for Love

1934

As Julian Barrow

Mutiny in the Arctic

1941

As Dick Barclay

Raiders of the Desert

1941

As Dick Manning

No Time To Marry

1938

As Perry Brown

Missing Daughters

1939

As Wally King

Legion of Lost Flyers

1939

As Gene 'Loop' Gillan

The Leather Pushers

1940

As Dick 'Kid' Roberts

Danger On Wheels

1940

As "Lucky" Larry Taylor

The Great Barrier

1937

As Hickey

Tropic Fury

1939

As Dan Burton

Flying Blind

1941

As Jim Clark

She Made Her Bed

1934

As Wild Bill Smith

Torpedo Boat

1942

As Skinner Barnes

The Mine with the Iron Door

1936

As Bob Harvey

Buffalo Bill Rides Again

1947

As Buffalo Bill

The Sea God

1930

As Phillip 'Pink' Barker

Murder in Greenwich Village

1937

As Steve Havens Jackson Jr.

The Return of Wildfire

1948

As Dobe Williams

Black Diamonds

1940

As Walter Norton

Hot Steel

1940

As Frank Stewart

The Calling of Dan Matthews

1935

As Dan Matthews

The Secret Call

1931

As Tom Blake

Golden Harvest

1933

As Walt Martin

Gun Smoke

1931

As Brad Farley

Sky Bride

1932

As Bert 'Speed' Condon

Wrecking Crew

1942

As Matt Carney

Devil's Point

1954

As John 'Captain' Martin

The Santa Fe Trail

1930

As Stan Hollister

The All-American

1932

As Gary King

The Conquering Horde

1931

As Dan McMasters

Men of the Timberland

1941

As Dick O'Hara

Touchdown!

1931

As Dan Curtis

Under the Tonto Rim

1928

As Edd Denmeade

Grand Canyon

1949

As Mike Adams

A Letter From Bataan

1942

As Pvt. John W. Lewis

Helldorado

1935

As Art Ryan

Island of Lost Souls

1932

As Edward Parker

Alice in Wonderland

1933

As Cheshire Cat

Feel My Pulse

1928

As Her Problem

Three-Cornered Moon

1933

As Dr. Alan Stevens

Storm Over Lisbon

1944

As John Craig

Tiger Shark

1932

As Pipes Boley

Dangerous Curves

1929

As Larry Lee

Only Saps Work

1930

As Lawrence Payne

Ladies of the Mob

1928

As Red

Dangerous Paradise

1930

As Heyst

Come On, Marines!

1934

As Lucky Davis

The Blazing Forest

1952

As Joe Morgan

Aerial Gunner

1943

As Jon Davis

Manhattan Cocktail

1928

As Fred Tilden

To the Shores of Hell

1966

As Brig. Gen. F.W. Ramsgate

Hidden Guns

1956

As Sheriff Ward Young

Song of the Eagle

1933

As Bill Hoffman

Wayward

1932

As David Frost

She's a Sheik

1927

As Capt. Colton

Sally in Our Alley

1927

As Jimmie Adams

Figures Don't Lie

1927

As Bob Blewe

Hollywood Hobbies

1935

As Himself

Hollywood on Parade No. A-4

1932

As Self (uncredited)

Thunderbolt

1929

As Bob Moran

Wings

1927

As David Armstrong

The Virginian

1929

As Steven 'Steve'

Rolled Stockings

1927

As Ralph Treadway

Beggars of Life

1928

As The Boy (Jim)

Sabre Jet

1953

As Gen. Robert E 'Bob' Hale

Guilty as Hell

1932

As Frank C. Marsh

Artists & Models

1937

As Alan Townsend

College Humor

1933

As Mondrake

The Border Legion

1930

As Jim Cleve

Silver City

1951

As Charles Storrs

The Blood Ship

1927

As John Shreve

Hollywood: The Selznick Years

1961

As 'Four Feathers' (archive footage) (uncredited)

The Lawyer's Secret

1931

As Joe Hart

The Bounty Killer

1965

As Matthew Ridgeway

Behind the Front

1926

As Percy Brown

Swing with Bing

1940

As Himself

The Young and the Brave

1963

As Col. Ralph Holbein

When My Baby Smiles at Me

1948

As Harvey Howell

Straight, Place and Show

1938

As Denny Paine

Raymie

1960

As Chris Garber

Sex and the College Girl

1964

As Charles Devon

The Enchanted Hill

1926

As Link Halliwell

The Horror Show

1979

As (archive footage)

Red Tomahawk

1967

As Deadwood Telegrapher

Black Spurs

1965

As Pete

The Human Duplicators

1965

As National Intelligence

Hurricane Smith

1952

As Brundage

The Day of the Trumpet

1958

As Sgt. Jim Heisler

The Mountain

1956

As C. W. Rivial

Apache Uprising

1965

As Captain Gannon

Flaming Feather

1952

As Showdown Calhoun

Fort Utah

1967

As Sam Tyler

Kansas Raiders

1950

As Union Captain

Johnny Reno

1966

As Ned Duggan

Young Fury

1964

As Sheriff Jenkins

Town Tamer

1965

As Doctor Kent

You'd Be Surprised

1926

As Photographer

Law of the Lawless

1964

As Ben the Bartender

A Whale of a Tale

1976

As Mr. Monahan

Padlocked

1926

As 'Tubby' Clark

In the Name of Love

1925

As Dumas Dufrayne

Warlock

1959

As Bacon

Rogue's Gallery

1968

As Man in Club

The Sky's the Limit

1975

As Grimes

Buckskin

1968

As Townsman

The Last Time I Saw Archie

1961

As Col. Edwin Martin

Waco

1966

As Billy Kelly

The Coast of Folly

1925

As Bather

Hostile Guns

1967

As Sheriff Travis

The Crawling Hand

1963

As Lee Barrenger

The Best Man

1964

As Sen. Oscar Anderson

Old Ironsides

1926

As Seaman (uncredited)

Hollywood

1923

As Richard Arlen

Galas de la Paramount

1930

As Self (from original version)

Paramount on Parade

1930

As Hunter (Dream Girl)

Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

1976

As Silent Film Star 2

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