Arthur Malet died on May 18, 2013 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. He was an English actor of stage, film and television.
Vivian R. Malet was born in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England. He emigrated to the United States in the 1950s, changed his forename to Arthur, began acting onstage, and won two Drama Desk Awards in 1957. Malet came to some prominence in 1960s films, often playing characters much older than his real age, such as Mr. Dawes, Jr., in Disney's “Mary Poppins”.
He played undertaker Ted Ulam in Norman Jewison's 1967 film “In the Heat of the Night”, and as Joe Fenwick in a 1972 episode of Columbo, ‘Dagger of the Mind’. He went on to play a village elder in Mel Brooks' “Young Frankenstein” in 1974, the graveyard keeper in John Carpenter's “Halloween” in 1978, and Tootles in “Hook” in 1991.
His appearances on television include episodes of ‘The Donna Reed Show’, ‘The Monster Squad’, ‘Adventures in Paradise’, ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’ and ‘Bewitched’. He voiced the character of Mr. Ages in “The Secret of NIMH’ in 1982.
MALET, Arthur (Vivian R. Malet)
Born: 9/24/1927, Lee-on-Solent, England, U.K.
Died: 5/18/2013, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Arthur Malet’s westerns – actor:
The Rifleman (TV) – 1962 (Jeremy Pennebroke)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962, 1965, 1973 (Farnum, Barney Cox, oldtimer)
The Man from Galveston – 1963 (Barney)
Destry (TV) – 1964 (Hancock)
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (T. Reginald Wingate)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin – 1967 (Chinese food eater)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1968 (Pickett)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (Tingle the barber)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1969 (Dr. Meyer, Doc Keyno, Professor Montague)
The Virginian (TV) – 1969 (night clerk)
Lancer (TV) – 1970 (footman)
The Culpepper Cattle Company – 1972 (doctor)