Birthday: September 24, 1927
Nationality: American, British
Died At Age: 85
Sun Sign: Libra
Also Known As: Vivian R. Malet
Born Country: England
Born in: Lee-on-the-Solent
Famous as: Actor
Died on: May 18, 2013
place of death: Santa Monica, California
awards: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance
Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor
Arthur Malet was an English actor who had an extensive career spanning over 40 years. He began his career on the stage and gained considerable prominence before venturing into films and TV shows as well. He mostly worked as a supporting actor. He was especially known for playing characters older than his original age in films as well as in television shows. Malet was a much recognized face on the silver screen and also earned a lot of fame in the world of theater. During the earlier part of his acting career, Malet had appeared in various popular stage shows and earned his due credit. Mallet won two Drama Desk Awards during the mid-1950s for his performances on the stage.
Arthur Malet was a fairly popular figure in the show business, appearing in numerous films and television shows over the course of his extensive career. Malet was seen as a supporting actor in various films and television productions. His trademark roles included characters older than his actual age. After making his debut on the stage in the 1950s, he appeared on the silver screen for the first time in a prison drama film titled ‘Convicts 4’. Prior to his silver screen debut, Malet had appeared in television shows like ‘Playwrights '56’, ‘Camera Three’, ‘The DuPont Show of the Month’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ and ‘The Detectives.’
Throughout the 1960s, he appeared in numerous popular television productions, including ‘The Man from Galveston’, ‘Adventures in Paradise’, ‘The Donna Reed Show’, ‘Dennis the Menace’, ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’, ‘The Magical World of Disney’, and ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. Apart from his appearances on television during that time, he also played some important roles in films. Malet appeared in Robert Stevenson’s musical fantasy film ‘Mary Poppins’, playing the character of ‘Mr. Dawes Junior’ in 1964. He also appeared in films like ‘King Rat’, ‘Munster, Go Home!’, ‘Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.’, and ‘In the Heat of the Night’.
Arthur Malet portrayed the role of an elderly man in the horror comedy film ‘Young Frankenstein’ (1974) directed by Mel Brooks. In the television show ‘McCloud’, he appeared in multiple roles in different episodes. His other notable works on television in the 1970s included ‘Monster Squad’, ‘The Waltons’, ‘The Gift of Love’, ‘Wonder Woman’, and ‘Charlie's Angels’. Mallet also made an appearance in the popular television show ‘CHiPs’. He played the role of ‘Carl’ in the television series ‘Casablanca’ in 1983.
Between 1986 and 1987, Malet appeared in 22 episodes of ‘Easy Street’ as ‘Bobby’. His association with the television series ‘Dallas’ lasted for almost ten years. However, during the decade-long association, Malet only made eight appearances, mostly in different guest roles like ‘Ryan’ and ‘Mr. Forest’. In the early 1990s, Malet appeared in films like ‘Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time’ as ‘Wendel’, ‘The Runestone’, ‘Hook’, ‘Toys’, and ‘A Little Princess’ as ‘Charles Randolph’. He appeared in the series ‘Ned and Stacey’ as ‘Corneilus’ for three episodes between 1996 and 1997.
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Family & Personal Life
Arthur Malet was born as Vivian R. Malet in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, on September 24, 1927. He took the stage name “Arthur Malet” after he moved to the United States in the early 1950s.
Malet never married nor had any children. He lived a long life and died on May 18, 2013, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 85.