Birth Date: September 1, 1898
Birth Place: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Date of Death: March 28, 1976 / Age: 77
Location of Death: North Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of Death: emphysema
Biography: Richard Arlen (born September 1, 1898 - died 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 and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers.
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 in 1976, Richard Arlen was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.