Arthur Space was an American actor who made appearances in more than 200 movies and television shows. Space was a character actor who could be called upon to play a number of different types of characters. Like many character actors, Space's face was likely more recognizable than his name. He is most famous for playing Doc Weaver in the "Lassie" TV series from 1955 to 1964.
Space was born on October 12, 1908 in New Brunswick, NJ. His acting career began on the stage in summer stock productions. These roles earned him enough notice to eventually begin appearing on Broadway in productions of "Three Men on a Horse" and "Awake and Sing."
Early Movie Appearances
The notoriety Space achieved as a result of appearing on Broadway allowed him to move to Hollywood and try his hand at film acting. His first film appearance was as a criminal goon in the 1941 movie "Riot Squad." Within a few years, Space was showing up in more well-known movies like "Tortilla Flat" and "Random Harvest" and alongside Abbott and Costello in "Rio Rita."
Space's route to a modest amount of fame traveled down a long road in which he failed to achieve any screen credits for his film appearances. Between his debut in 1941 and his being cast in the "Lassie" TV series, the bulk of Space's film roles were uncredited. But from 1955 until his final role in an episode of the "Walking Tall" TV series, Space received screen credit for nearly every performance.
Famous Films in Which Space Appeared
Space appeared in a number of high-profile films that have withstood the test of time. Among the more popular and famous movies in which Space had a role are "The Spirit of St. Louis," the 1954 version of a "A Star is Born," "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and "The Woman in the Window."
TV Guest Roles
The rise of the popularity of television in the 1950s afforded Space a number of opportunities to appear before millions of viewers on a regular basis. In addition to his recurring role as Doc Weaver on "Lassie," Space cemented his value as a dependable character actor with guest appearances on TV shows as varied as "Zorro," "Leave It to Beaver," "Mayberry R.F.D.," "Medical Center," "The Waltons" and "Charlie's Angels."
Space died on January 13, 1983 at his home in Hollywood at age 74. The cause of death was cancer.