Actor. He is remembered as "the perfect butler" for his performances as 'Jeeves', a butler in several Shirley Temple films. Born Arthur Veary Treacher in Brighton, Sussex, England, he was the son of a lawyer. He was educated at the Uppingham Boarding School in Uppingham, Rutland, England. During World War I he served as an officer in the Royal Garrison Artillery. After the war, he began acting in stage productions and in 1926 he came to the US as part of a musical-comedy revue called Great Temptations. He began his film career in the 1930s, which included roles in four Shirley Temple films, "Curly Top" (1935), "David Copperfield" (1935), "Heidi" (1937), and "The Little Princess" (1939). In "The Little Princess," scenes intentionally put him, who stood 6 feet 4 inches tall, standing or dancing side-by-side with the tiny child actress to the old song "Knocked 'em in the Old Kent Road." He filled the role of the ideal butler, and he portrayed P.G. Wodehouse's perfect valet character 'Jeeves' in the films "Thank You, Jeeves!" (1936) and "Step Lively, Jeeves" (1937). Additionally, he played a valet or butler in several other films, including "Personal Maid's Secret" (1935), "Bordertown" (1935), and "Mister Cinderella" (1936). He continued acting in films throughout the 1940s, but dropped out after 1949 and focused on Broadway and other stage productions. In 1964, in his last film role, he played the part of 'Constable Jones' in the Walt Disney movie "Mary Poppins." He made guest appearances on television shows, include two 1964 episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies" as the stuffy English butler 'Arthur Pinkney'. From 1965 to 1970 he became Merv Griffin's sidekick and announcer on the television talk show "The Merv Griffin Show" in New York City, New York. During this time he also lent the use of his name and image for such franchised business concerns as the Call Arthur Treacher Service System (a household help agency) and Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips. The restaurant chain became popular in the 1970s, growing to nearly 900 outlets, but as of 2008 there were less than 50 outlets remaining. He died of cardiovascular disease at the age of 81. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to films.
Bio by: William Bjornstad