~Richard Arlen~

Born: September 1, 1900 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Died: March 28, 1976 in North Hollywood, California, USA
~Stars of Photoplay, 1930~
Lucky was the day that Richard Arlen was hit by a movie company truck. While recuperating in the
hospital, studio officials who visited him offered him a chance in pictures. That started his movie
career. He is about 30 years old, 5 feet, 11 1/2 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds, has brown hair and
blue-grey eyes and hails from Charlottesville, Virginia. During the World War I he was in the Royal
Flying Corps and was assigned the perilous task of taking new planes up to the front lines. In 1927 he
married Jobyna Ralston
~Silent Filmography~
Thunderbolt (1929) .... Bob Morgan
The Man I Love (1929) .... Dum-Dum Brooks
Beggars of Life (1928) .... The Boy (Jim)
Ladies of the Mob (1928) .... Red
Feel My Pulse (1928) .... Her Problem
Under the Tonto Rim (1928) .... Edd Denmeade
She's a Sheik (1927) .... Capt. Colton
Figures Don't Lie (1927) .... Bob Blewe
Sally in Our Alley (1927) .... Jimmie Adams
Wings (1927) .... David Armstrong
The Blood Ship (1927) .... John Shreve
Rolled Stockings (1927) .... Ralph Treadway
Old Ironsides (1926) (uncredited) .... Extra
... aka Sons of the Sea (UK)
You'd Be Surprised (1926) (uncredited) .... Photographer
Padlocked (1926) .... 'Tubby' Clark
Behind the Front (1926) .... Percy Brown
The Enchanted Hill (1926) .... Link Halliwell
The Coast of Folly (1925) .... Bather
In the Name of Love (1925) .... Dumas Dufrayne
Sally (1925) (uncredited)
The Fighting Coward (1924) (uncredited)
Vengeance of the Deep (1923) (as Van Mattimore) .... Jean
Quicksands (1923) (uncredited)
The Ghost Breaker (1922) (uncredited) .... One of the 'Ghosts'
The Green Temptation (1922) (uncredited)
Ladies Must Live (1921) (uncredited)
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~Los Angeles Times~
n a career that spanned more than half a century, Richard Arlen made 286 motion pictures
portraying everything from football hero to gunslinger to air ace.

It was an aerial epic, William Wellman's "Wings," that brought Arlen stardom. He played a dashing
young American pursuit pilot in the 1927 film about World War I, considered one of the last great
silent films.

In real life, although an American, Arlen had slipped across the border to Canada to join the
Canadian Flying Corps during the war, becoming an expert pilot. He served in England but never saw
combat. He once remarked that making the flying sequences in "Wings" was more dangerous than
anything the experienced as a military pilot.

— Jerry Belcher in the Los Angeles Times March 29, 1976
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