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Arthur Malet

Arthur Malet
Born Vivian R. Malet
(1927-09-24)24 September 1927
Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, UK [1]
Died 18 May 2013 (aged 85)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Natural causes
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–1998 (retired)

Arthur Malet (24 September 1927 – 18 May 2013) was a United States-based English stage, film and television actor.[2]

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. He came to some prominence in 1960s fims, 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 Joe Fenwick in a 1972 episode of Columbo, "Dagger of the Mind". He went on to play a village elder in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein in 1974, the graveyard keeper in John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978, a houseman in the film "Oh God, You Devil". (1984), and Tootles in Hook in 1991.[3]

His appearances on television included episodes of The Donna Reed Show, The Rifleman, Adventures in Paradise, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ("The McGregor Affair"; originally aired 23 November 1964), and Bewitched ("The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara"; originally aired 2 February 1967). In 1965 he appeared as murder victim Ralph Day in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Golden Venom." He played a vagrant whom stole Aunt Bea's pin on "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1966. He voiced the character of "Mr. Ages" in The Secret of NIMH in 1982. He died on 18 May 2013 from natural causes at the age of 85.


  1. ^ Birth record transcript
    GRO Birth Registry
    Civil registration event: Birth
    Name: MALET, Vivian R.
    Registration district: Fareham
    County: Hampshire
    Year of registration: 1927
    Quarter of registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Mother's maiden name: Balfour
    Volume no: 2B
    Page #818
  2. ^ Tom B. "Boot Hill: RIP Arthur Malet". Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Arthur Malet profile at; retrieved 2 January 2007.

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