Arthur Space

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Arthur Space
Arthur Space 1960.JPG
Space as dairy farmer Herbert Brown in NBC's National Velvet (1960)
Born Charles Arthur Space
(1908-10-12)October 12, 1908
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Died January 13, 1983(1983-01-13) (aged 74)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1941-1981
Spouse(s) Mary (Mollie) Campbell (?-1974) (her death) (2 children)

Charles Arthur Space (October 12, 1908 – 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 long-running CBS television series Lassie.

Early years[edit]

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Space first delved into acting at Douglas 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 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.

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.[3] 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 Edgerton Cartwell in "The Case of the Silver Bullets."

His last role was in a 1981 episode of the television series, Walking Tall.


Space died of cancer at his home Hollywood on January 13, 1983 at the age of 74.[2] His survivors included two daughters and two granddaughters.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1942 The Bugle Sounds Hank
Random Harvest Mr. Brown
1943 A Guy Named Joe San Francisco Airport Captain Uncredited
Whistling in Brooklyn Detective MacKenzie
1944 The Heavenly Body Pierson
The Big Noise Alva P. Hartley
1945 Son of Lassie Warrant Officer Uncredited
Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Director
1946 Lost City of the Jungle "System" Reeves
The Man Who Dared Marty Martin Uncredited
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames Nelson
The Red House The Sheriff Alternative title: No Trespassing
1948 Homecoming Col. Norton Uncredited
A Southern Yankee Mark Haskins Alternative title: My Hero
1949 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College Proctor for Entrance Exam Uncredited
Miss Grant Takes Richmond Architect Willacombe Uncredited
1950 Father Is a Bachelor Lucius Staley
The Good Humor Man Steven
The Killer That Stalked New York Dr. Penner Uncredited
1951 Three Guys Named Mike Airline Clerk Uncredited
1952 Jumping Jacks Doctor in hospital Uncredited
Jet Job Davison
1953 Battle Circus Colonel Uncredited
Confidentially Connie Prof. Archie Archibald
Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders Marlof (Smokey Joe)
So This Is Love Director Uncredited
The Man from the Alamo Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis Uncredited
Clipped Wings FBI Agent Uncredited
Back to God's Country Carstairs
Last of the Pony Riders Jess Hogan
The Eddie Cantor Story Phil Uncredited
1954 Wyoming Renegades Eldridge Uncredited
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
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
Gunfighters of Abilene Rigley Uncredited
A Summer Place Ken's attorney Uncredited
1964 Taggart Colonel Uncredited
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Sheriff Tolliver
1971 Shoot Out Storekeeper Uncredited
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Old Home Guardsman 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, and 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 and 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 and Mr. Scoville 3 episodes, "Sky Net", "Mister Q", and "Sitting Duck"
1957-1960 Tales of Wells Fargo Willow Creek Sheriff, Hank Stiles, and 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 1 episode
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, and 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"
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 c "Arthur Space, an actor who appeared as a regular...". UPI Archives. United Press International. January 16, 1983. Archived from the original on 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Space, TV Actor, Dies; Was Veterinarian on 'Lassie'". The New York Times. 1983-01-17. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  3. ^ 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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