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Arthur Space
Arthur Space 1960.JPG
Space as dairy farmer Herbert Brown in NBC's National Velvet (1960)
Charles Arthur Space

(1908-10-12)October 12, 1908
DiedJanuary 13, 1983(1983-01-13) (aged 74)
Years active1941–1981
SpouseMary (Mollie) Campbell (?–1974) (her death) (2 children)

Charles Arthur Space (October 12, 1908[citation needed] – January 13, 1983) was an American film, television and stage actor. He was best known as Doc Weaver, the veterinarian, in thirty-nine episodes of the CBS television series Lassie.

Early years

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Space first delved into acting at Douglass College.[1]


Space began his career in summer stock theater and eventually began appearing on Broadway.[2] His Broadway credits include Three Men on a Horse and Awake and Sing.[1]

He made his film debut in the 1941 crime drama Riot Squad opposite Richard Cromwell. The following year, Space appeared alongside Abbott and Costello in Rio Rita. He also had roles in Tortilla Flat (1942), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), The Fuller Brush Man (1948), and The Fuller Brush Girl (1950). In the early 1950s, Space appeared in various film serials including Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion, Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders, and Panther Girl of the Kongo.

In 1953, Space played Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis, the commander during the siege at the Alamo, in The Man from the Alamo (1953). Space was unbilled, despite having more lines of dialogue than almost any other actor during the first 10 minutes of the film.[citation needed]

In 1954, Space played the bandit Black Bart, or Charles Bolles, in an episode of the syndicated western television series Stories of the Century.

Throughout the mid-1950s, Space continued appearing in films such as The Spirit of St. Louis with James Stewart while guest starring on various television series. He appeared four times as Col. Tomkin in the ABC western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. During this time, Space had a recurring role on Lassie.

Space was cast as Ben Hudson in the 1959 episode "Hang 'Em High", on the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. The dramatization focuses on the completion in 1861 of the first transcontinental telegraph line. Hudson determines that Confederates have attempted to sabotage construction because the telegraph would most benefit the Union government. Paul Birch and William Schallert were cast in the episode as Mike Walsh and Ellis Higby, respectively.[3]

In 1960, Space landed the role of the practical farmer Herbert Brown in the 58-episode NBC television series National Velvet, with Lori Martin as his equestrian daughter, Velvet Brown, and Ann Doran as his wife, Martha.[4] After the series ended in 1962, Space continued acting in both television and films. Among his roles were four Perry Mason appearances between 1958 and 1964. In his first appearance he played murderer Willard Scott in "The Case of the Rolling Bones," and his final role was as murderer Edgarton Cartwell in "The Case of the Paper Bullets." In 1969 Space appeared as Sam Foster on the TV series The Virginian in the episode titled "A Woman of Stone."

In 1978, he appeared in an episode of The Waltons titled "The Beau", playing Grandma Walton's former boyfriend Marcus Dane. His last role was in a 1981 episode of the television series, Walking Tall.


Space died of cancer at his home in Hollywood on January 13, 1983, at the age of 74.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1941 Riot Squad Butch
1942 The Bugle Sounds Hank
Rio Rita Trask
Random Harvest Mr. Brown
Grand Central Murder Detective with Doolin Uncredited
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Lido Club Desk Clerk Uncredited
Tish Court Clerk Uncredited
Random Harvest Traumatized Patient #2 Uncredited
Quiet Please, Murder Vance Uncredited
Reunion in France Henker – German Officer Uncredited
Tennessee Johnson Doctor Uncredited
Andy Hardy's Double Life Mrs. Stedman's Attorney Uncredited
1943 They Came to Blow Up America FBI Agent Arresting Rowboat Spy Uncredited
Appointment in Berlin Staff Officer Uncredited
This Is the Army Soldier Uncredited
Salute to the Marines Cpl. Swenson Uncredited
The Man from Down Under Bailey Uncredited
Swing Shift Maisie Instructor Uncredited
The Dancing Masters Director Uncredited
A Guy Named Joe San Francisco Airport Captain Uncredited
Whistling in Brooklyn Detective MacKenzie
1944 Ladies Courageous Tower Man Uncredited
The Ghost That Walks Alone Cedric Jessup
The Heavenly Body Pierson
Rationing Leafy
Wing and a Prayer Executive Officer Reporting Aft Damage Uncredited
Wilson Francis Sayre Uncredited
Marriage Is a Private Affair Drunken Man Uncredited
The Big Noise Alva P. Hartley
Strange Affair Mac – Police Chemist Uncredited
The Mark of the Whistler Sellers, Bell Captain Uncredited
The Woman in the Window Captain Kennedy Uncredited
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Deck Officer Uncredited
Music for Millions Colonel Uncredited
Gentle Annie Sam Barker Uncredited
1945 This Man's Navy Station Commander Uncredited
Leave It to Blondie Mr. Fuddle Uncredited
The Clock Blood Tester Uncredited
Son of Lassie Warrant Officer Uncredited
Twice Blessed Contest Judge Uncredited
The Hidden Eye Chemical Company Official Uncredited
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Pete Hanson
Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Director Lippen
The Crimson Canary Detective Carlyle
1946 Mysterious Intruder Davis – Summers' Henchman
Lost City of the Jungle "System" Reeves
Bad Bascomb Timber City Sheriff Uncredited
The Man Who Dared Marty Martin Uncredited
Boys' Ranch Mr. O'Neill
Courage of Lassie Officer Uncredited
Black Beauty Terry
The Mysterious Mr. Valentine County Coroner
Gentleman Joe Palooka Reporter Quimby Uncredited
Child of Divorce Joan's Attorney Uncredited
Home in Oklahoma Coroner Jud Judnick
The Cockeyed Miracle Amos Spellman
The Secret of the Whistler Dr. Gunther Uncredited
Magnificent Doll Alexander Hamilton Uncredited
That Brennan Girl Mr. Krasman Uncredited
1947 Mr. District Attorney Party Guest Uncredited
The Guilt of Janet Ames Nelson
The Red House The Sheriff Alternative title: No Trespassing
Millie's Daughter Tappie
Heartaches Dan Savronic, postal inspector
Rustlers of Devil's Canyon Doc Cole
The Crimson Key Det. Capt. Fitzroy
Key Witness Dr. Jergins Uncredited
The Invisible Wall Roy Hanford
Her Husband's Affairs District Attorney Uncredited
Big Town After Dark Fletcher—City Editor Uncredited
1948 I Love Trouble Sgt. Muller Uncredited
Homecoming Col. Norton Uncredited
The Fuller Brush Man Police Lt. Quint
Silver River Maj. Ross
Tap Roots Caller Uncredited
A Southern Yankee Mark Haskins Alternative title: My Hero
Walk a Crooked Mile Mr. North Uncredited
The Return of October Radio Salesman Uncredited
Joan of Arc Luxembourg Guard Uncredited
Fighter Squadron Maj. Sanford
The Paleface Zach Uncredited
1949 Shockproof Police Inspector Uncredited
The Lone Wolf and His Lady Fisher Uncredited
El Paso John Elkins
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College Proctor for Entrance Exam Uncredited
Sorrowful Jones Plainclothes Policeman Uncredited
Lust for Gold Old Man Uncredited
House of Strangers Bank Examiner Uncredited
Any Number Can Play Reporter Uncredited
Miss Grant Takes Richmond Architect Willacombe Uncredited
Mary Ryan, Detective Mike Faber Uncredited
Chicago Deadline Detective Pete Peterson Uncredited
1950 Father Is a Bachelor Lucius Staley Uncredited
The Good Humor Man Steven
The Vanishing Westerner Sheriff John Fast / Sir Cedric Fast
The Happy Years Al Uncredited
The Fuller Brush Girl Insp. Rodgers
The Killer That Stalked New York Dr. Penner Uncredited
1951 Tomahawk Captain Fetterman
Night Riders of Montana Roger Brandon
Three Guys Named Mike Airline Clerk Uncredited
Up Front Col. Hayes Uncredited
Her First Romance Joseph 'Joe' Foster
Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion Crandall Serial
Criminal Lawyer Ed Kelly – City Editor Uncredited
Chain of Circumstance Dr. Andrews Uncredited
Utah Wagon Train Robert Hatfield
The Barefoot Mailman Piggot
1952 Jet Job Davison
African Treasure Greg
Red Ball Express Colonel at Briefing Uncredited
Sound Off Barney Fisher Uncredited
Jumping Jacks Doctor in Hospital Uncredited
Here Come the Marines Capt. Miller
Sudden Fear George Ralston Uncredited
Fargo Austin
Feudin' Fools Mr. Thompson
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder Joe Brady
Because of You Judge Uncredited
1953 Battle Circus Colonel Uncredited
Confidentially Connie Prof. Archie Archibald
Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders Marlof (Smokey Joe) Serial
So This Is Love Director Uncredited
The Man from the Alamo Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis Uncredited
Clipped Wings FBI Agent Uncredited
Last of the Pony Riders Jess Hogan
Back to God's Country Carstairs
The Eddie Cantor Story Phil Uncredited
1954 Yankee Pasha U.S. Consul Richard O'Brien
Ring of Fear Psychiatrist Uncredited
A Star Is Born Court clerk Uncredited
Target Earth Lt. General Wood
Drum Beat Army Doctor Uncredited
The Silver Chalice Stall Keeper Uncredited
1955 Panther Girl of the Kongo Dr. Morgan
Rage at Dawn Murphy – Bartender Uncredited
Wyoming Renegades Eldridge Uncredited
The Eternal Sea Rescue Ship Doctor Uncredited
Foxfire Foley
A Man Alone Doctor Mason
The Spoilers Bank Manager
1956 The Killer Is Loose Bill, Police Chief Uncredited
Away All Boats Doctor Flynn
1957 The Spirit of St. Louis Donald A. Hall
20 Million Miles to Earth Dr. Sharman
1958 St. Louis Blues Fred Duckett Uncredited
Twilight for the Gods Officer
1959 Day of the Outlaw Clay Uncredited
A Summer Place Ken's attorney Uncredited
1960 Gunfighters of Abilene Rigley Uncredited
1964 Taggart Colonel Uncredited
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Sheriff Tolliver
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Old Home Guardsman Uncredited
Shoot Out Storekeeper Uncredited
1972 The Folks at Red Wolf Inn Henry Smith
1973 Frasier, the Sensuous Lion Dredge
1974 The Bat People Tramp
Herbie Rides Again Beach Caretaker
1975 The Strongest Man in the World Regent Shaw
1976 Mansion of the Doomed Wino
1978 The Swarm Engineer
1979 Promises in the Dark Patient in Examining Room
1980 On the Nickel Soapy Post
Year Title Role Notes
1952–1959 Death Valley Days Ben Cannon / Ben Hudson / two other characters 4 episodes, "The Little Dressmaker of Bodie" (1952), "The Rainbow Chaser" (1954), "The Talking Wire" (1959), and "Hang 'Em High (1959)
1954 City Detective Lawyer Fletcher 1 episode
Stories of the Century Black Bart "Black Bart"
Topper Hamilton 1 episode
Annie Oakley Carl Bishop / The Warden 2 episodes, "Valley of the Shadows" and "Annie's Desert Adventure"
1955 Medic Dr. William Stewart Halstead 1 episode
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mr. Chambers – Parole Officer 1 episode
1956 Crusader Walter Cronan 2 episodes, "The Syndicate" and "The Healer"
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Lee Rabin "Muletown Gold Strike"
1956–1957 Telephone Time 2 episodes, "Boarders Away" (1956) and "Sam Houston's Decision (1957)
1957 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan Barker 1 episode
The Californians Prosecutor "The Regulators"
Trackdown Doc "Sweetwater, Texas"
Sheriff of Cochise Mr. Farnsworth "Deep Fraud"
1957–1958 Broken Arrow Marshal Neilson / Marshal Gary 2 episodes, "The Trial" (1957) and "Warrant for Arrest" (1958)
1958 Official Detective Kenneth Paul Episode: "Hired Killer"
1957–1959 Whirlybirds Sheriff / Mr. Scoville 3 episodes, "Sky Net", "Mister Q", and "Sitting Duck"
1957–1960 Tales of Wells Fargo Willow Creek Sheriff / Hank Stiles / Arnold 3 episodes, "The Thin Rope" (1957), "Scapegoat" (1958), and "Dealer's Choice (1960)
1958 The Restless Gun Sam Ditley "Friend in Need"
Cimarron City "I, the People"
1959 Leave It to Beaver Mr. Judson "Wally's Present"
26 Men Ben Thompson 2 episodes, "Ranger Without a Badge" and "Trail of Revenge"
Zorro Gonzalez 3 episodes
U.S. Marshal Lou Carter "Trigger Happy"
Bat Masterson Doc Ferguson "Promised Land"
Dennis the Menace Dr. Sinclair "Mr. Wilson's Award"
Tightrope Kemp "The Neon Wheel"
Wichita Town Sid Durant "The Devil's Choice"
1960 The Rifleman Conductor "The Grasshopper"
Have Gun – Will Travel Sayer Episode "The Night the Town Died"
Overland Trail Judge "High Bridge"
Man with a Camera Colonel Boyar "Kangaroo Court"
Johnny Ringo Seth "The Vindicator"
M Squad Dr. Green "Dead Parrots Don't Talk"
1959–1960 Bronco Sheriff / Morgan Owing / Lansford "Bodyguard" and "The Last Resort" (1959) and "Winter Kill" (1960)
1966 Daniel Boone Sawyer "Gun-Barrel Highway"
1967 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Land 1 episode
The Iron Horse Andy "Gallows for Bill Pardew"
1968 Here Come the Brides Dr. Booth "A Crying Need"
The Wild Wild West Senator A. T. Redmond "The Night of the Sedgewick Curse"
1969 Mayberry R.F.D. Michaels 1 episode
1970 The Young Lawyers Judge Marley 1 episode
The Bold Ones: The Senator Louis Masterson 1 episode
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Dr. Johnson 1 episode
1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Olson 1 episode
Rhoda Doctor 1 episode
1975 Emergency! Jamison Watters 1 episode
The Six Million Dollar Man Carruthers 1 episode
1976 Alice Stuff Johnson 1 episode
Little House on the Prairie Phineas Jenks 1 episode, "Fred"
1977 Kojak Ezra Rawlings "Letters of Death"
1978 The Waltons Marcus Dane 1 episode, "The Beau"
1980 Charlie's Angels Mr. Mayhew "Home $weet Homes"


  1. ^ a b "Arthur Space, an actor who appeared as a regular..." UPI Archives. United Press International. January 16, 1983. Archived from the original on June 1, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Space, TV Actor, Dies; Was Veterinarian on 'Lassie'". The New York Times. January 17, 1983. Retrieved May 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "Hang 'Em High on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 745–746. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.

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