|Born||Vivian R. Malet
24 September 1927
Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, UK 
|Years active||1956–1998 (retired)|
Vivian R. Malet was born in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England. He emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and changed his name to Arthur Malet, starting onstage and winning two Drama Desk Awards in 1957. Malet came to some prominence in 1960s fims, often playing characters much older than his real age, such as Mr. Dawes, Jr., in Disney's Mary Poppins.
He played undertaker Ted Ulam in Norman Jewison's 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, and as Joe Fenwick in a 1972 episode of Columbo, "Dagger of the Mind". He went on to play a village elder in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein in 1974, the graveyard keeper in John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978, and Tootles in Hook in 1991.
His appearances on television include episodes of The Donna Reed Show, Adventures in Paradise, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ("The McGregor Affair"; originally aired 23 November 1964), and Bewitched ("The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara"; originally aired 2 February 1967). He voiced the character of "Mr. Ages" in The Secret of NIMH in 1982.
- Birth record transcript
GRO Birth Registry
Civil registration event: Birth
Name: MALET, Vivian R.
Registration district: Fareham
Year of registration: 1927
Quarter of registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
Mother's maiden name: Balfour
Volume no: 2B
- Profile at What-a-character website[dead link]
- Starpulse biography, from Allmovie. URL retrieved on 2 January 2007.
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