Richard Arlen (September 1, 1898 – March 28, 1976) was an American actor.
Born Cornelius Richard Van Mattimore
in Charlottesville, Virginia
, he served as a pilot 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
He took time out from his Hollywood career to teach as an Army Air Force Flight Instructor in World War Two. During his lifetime he served in two world wars then before his death in 1976, he experienced both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as an American citizen.
Arlen is best known for his role as a pilot in the 1927 Academy Award-winning Wings with Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, and his future first-wife Jobyna Ralston.
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 from emphysema in 1976, Richard Arlen was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.