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Richard Arlen
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    (September 1, 1899-March 28, 1976)
    Born in St. Paul, Minnesota
    Birth name was Sylvanus Richard Van Mattimore
    Appeared in the films 'Vengeance of the Deep' (1923), 'Sally' (1925), 'Old Ironsides' (1926), 'Wings' (1927), 'Ladies of the Mob' (1928), 'Thunderbolt' (1929), 'The Four Feathers' (1929), 'Island of Lost Souls' (1933), 'Alice in Wonderland' (1933), 'Come On Marines' (1934), 'Call of the Yukon' (1938), 'Forced Landing' (1941), 'Submarine Alert' (1943), 'Buffalo Bill Rides Again' (1947), 'When My Baby Smiles At Me' (1948), 'Hurricane Smith' (1952), 'The Best Man' (1964), 'Fort Utah' (1967) and 'Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood' (1976)
    Some sources say he was born as Cornelius Richard Van Mattimore in 1900 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
    He was discovered while working as a messenger when he crashed his motorcycle outside the Paramount Studios gate, breaking his leg (1922).
    Most of his career was spent in B-grade Westerns and action films.
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    During World War I, he was a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, an experience that helped land him his best-remembered role, in the Oscar-winning 'Wings.'
    During World War II, he was a flight instructor for the US Army Air Force and an air safety expert for the government.
    He almost had to retire from films when he started going deaf, but a 1949 operation restored his hearing.

Credit: C. Fishel

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