Richard Arlen (September 1, 1898 - March 28, 1976) was an American actor.
Born Cornelius Richard Van Mattimore in Charlottesville, Virginia, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War I. At war's end, he went to Los Angeles where he found work as an unskilled laborer. By a stroke of pure luck, he was given an opportunity to act, appearing at first in silent films before making the transition to talkies.
Arlen is best known for his role as a pilot in the 1927 Academy Award-winning Wings with Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, and his future first-wife Jobyna Ralston.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Richard Arlen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6753 Hollywood Blvd.
On his death from emphysema in 1976, Richard Arlen was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Amongst his more than 140 films are:
Wings (1927) Beggars Of Life (1928) Ladies of the Mob (1928) Thunderbolt (1929) The Four Feathers (1929) The Virginian (1929) The Secret Call (1931) Missing Daughters (1939) The Man from Montreal (1940) A Dangerous Game (1941) Accomplice (1946) When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) The Blazing Forest (1952) Cavalry Command (1963) The Road to Nashville (1967) The Sky's the Limit (1975)