~Richard Arlen~

Born: September 1, 1900 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Died: March 28, 1976 in North Hollywood, California, USA
American actor Richard Arlen was working as a messenger boy at Paramount studios in the early
1920s when he was injured in a slight accident; the story goes that Arlen went to the studio heads to
thank them for their prompt medical care, whereupon the executives, impressed by Arlen's good
looks, hired him as an actor. Whether the story is true or not, it is a fact that Arlen soon became one
of Paramount's most popular leading men, earning a measure of screen immortality by costarring
with Buddy Rogers and Clara Bow in the first-ever Oscar winning picture, Wings (1927). Arlen was
memorably cast as a World War I flying ace, a part in which he felt uniquely at home because he'd
been a member of the Royal Canadian Flying Corps during the "real" war (though he never saw any
combat!) The actor retained his popularity throughout the 1930s, and when roles became harder to
come by in the 1940s, he wisely invested his savings in numerous successful businesses. Keeping in
character, Arlen was also part-owner of a civilian flying service, and worked as an air safety expert for
the government during World War II. Still acting in TV and commercials into the 1960s, Richard
Arlen was reunited with his Wings costar Buddy Rogers in an amusing episode of the TV sitcom
Petticoat Junction.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~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 - Still Code: 902-X
The Enchanted Hill (1926) .... Link Halliwell
The Coast of Folly (1925) .... Bather - Still Codes: 569 & 808
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)

Hollywood (1923) ... Himself
The Ghost Breaker (1922) (uncredited) .... One of the 'Ghosts'
The Green Temptation (1922) (uncredited)
Ladies Must Live (1921) (uncredited)
~Los Angeles Times~
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
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