Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Richard Arlen (1899-1976) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Sylvanus Richard Mattimore in St. Paul, MN according to modern sources (older sources say Charlottesville, VA). Joined Canada's Royal Flying Corps as a pilot during World War I, but saw no action. Held odd jobs including sports editor of a Duluth, MN newspaper, and working the oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma, before heading to Los Angeles with movie star dreams. When he failed to get into pictures, Arlen took a job as a messenger for a film laboratory: legend claims after he crashed his motorcycle outside the Paramount gates, a sympathetic director took pity on him and hired Arlen as an extra. In any case, he began taking on bit roles in 1921, and debuted as Van Mattimore in Vengeance of the Deep (1923) before changing his name to Richard Arlen and appearing more regularly beginning in 1925. His break came in Wings (1927) for William Wellman, who he also played for in Beggars of Life (1928) alongside Louise Brooks. 1929 proved a busy year for Arlen as he appeared in classic titles including Thunderbolt, The Four Feathers, The Virginian, and back alongside Wings co-star Clara Bow in Dangerous Curves. Arlen remained a popular attraction during the pre-Code era in titles like Island of Lost Souls (1932), Three Cornered Moon (1933), and Alice in Wonderland (1933), where he was the Cheshire Cat. He was a G-man in Let 'em Have It (1935), and then appeared in a number of Westerns and, beginning in the early '40s, war pictures. He'd remain a regular in those genres throughout the rest of his career. Arlen was part owner of a flying service between the wars and was a civilian air safety expert for the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Like many of his peers Arlen appeared on a lot of TV throughout the 1950s, and then became a busy supporting presence in films during the 1960s with his final film releases coming in the year of his death, 1976. Better known later titles featuring Arlen further down in the cast include The Mountain (1956), Warlock (1959), and The Best Man (1964). Wings co-star Jobyna Ralston was Arlen's second of three wives.
Birthday: September 1