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Robert Arden (11 December 1922 – 25 March 2004) was an American film, television and radio actor born in London who worked and lived mostly in the United Kingdom.

Arden was born from an American father and an English mother. His father had a successful career as a professional boxer after World War I. He attended "a combination of English and American schools."

Arden's most famous film appearance was as lead character Guy Van Stratten in Mr. Arkadin (1955), written and directed by Orson Welles. Welles had worked with Arden on the Harry Lime radio series, produced in London, and later cast the little-known actor in Mr. Arkadin, in the central role of the investigator who uncovers Arkadin's past. Reportedly, Arden was shocked that Welles might consider him for the part and initially thought that the director's phone inquiry was a crank call.

Arden's performance in Mr. Arkadin was panned by some critics : The New York Times called it "hopelessly inadequate". Film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has defended Arden's performance, locating the problem not in the actor's work but in "the unsavoriness and obnoxiousness of the character", who was intended by Welles to be unattractive even though he occupied in the film "the space normally reserved for charismatic heroes".

The credits of one the film's Spanish versions misspelled Arden's name as "Bob Harden". Another Spanish print actually credited him as "Mark Sharpe".

Mr. Arkadin did poorly at the box-office. Afterwards, Arden played a few other lead roles, in films such as The Depraved (1957) or The Child and the Killer (1959), but he worked mostly as a character actor, appearing in film, television and stage productions. he worked mostly as a character actor, appearing in film, television and stage productions.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Arden (11 December 1922 – 25 March 2004) was an American film, television and radio actor born in London who worked and lived mostly in the United Kingdom.

Arden was born from an American father and an English mother. His father had a successful career as a professional boxer after World War I. He attended "a combination of English and American schools."

Arden's most famous film appearance was as lead character Guy Van Stratten in Mr. Arkadin (1955), written and directed by Orson Welles. Welles had worked with Arden on the Harry Lime radio series, produced in London, and later cast the little-known actor in Mr. Arkadin, in the central role of the investigator who uncovers Arkadin's past. Reportedly, Arden was shocked that Welles might consider him for the part and initially thought that the director's phone inquiry was a crank call.

Arden's performance in Mr. Arkadin was panned by some critics : The New York Times called it "hopelessly inadequate". Film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has defended Arden's performance, locating the problem not in the actor's work but in "the unsavoriness and obnoxiousness of the character", who was intended by Welles to be unattractive even though he occupied in the film "the space normally reserved for charismatic heroes".

The credits of one the film's Spanish versions misspelled Arden's name as "Bob Harden". Another Spanish print actually credited him as "Mark Sharpe".

Mr. Arkadin did poorly at the box-office. Afterwards, Arden played a few other lead roles, in films such as The Depraved (1957) or The Child and the Killer (1959), but he worked mostly as a character actor, appearing in film, television and stage productions. he worked mostly as a character actor, appearing in film, television and stage productions.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1922-12-11

Day of Death 2004-03-25

Place of Birth London, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Bob Arden
  • Rob Arden

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1996 Silent Witness (1 episode) as Alex Wein
1989 The Paradise Club (1 episode) as Marzocca
1988 The Bourne Identity (2 episodes) as Stevens
1987 Inspector Morse (1 episode) as Eddie Poindexter
1985 Les Loups entre eux as Général Lee W. Simon
1981 Ragtime as Foreman of the Jury
1981 Condorman as CIA Chief
1981 Omen III: The Final Conflict as American Ambassador
1981 Churchill and the Generals as Harry Hopkins
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (1 episode) as Berners
1964 The Wednesday Play (1 episode) as Captain Danziger
1962 The Saint (1 episode) as Detective Williams
1962 Man of the World (1 episode) as Carter
1962 Studio Four (1 episode) as George Spencer
1960 Never Take Sweets from a Stranger as Tom Demarest
1959 International Detective (2 episodes) as McNaughton
1959 No Hiding Place (1 episode) as James Sandford
1959 The Child and the Killer as Joe
1957 The Depraved as Dave Dillon
1957 A King in New York as Liftboy
1957 The Counterfeit Plan as Bob Fenton
1956 Spin a Dark Web as Buddy
1955 Mr. Arkadin as Guy Van Stratten
1945 The Man from Morocco as American Sergeant (as Bob Arden)
1944 Two Thousand Women as Dave Kennedy

Production

1968 A Hatful of Rain Associate Producer

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