Born: September 1, 1900 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Died: March 28, 1976 in North Hollywood, California, USA
In 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
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