Arthur Gardner (producer)

Arthur Gardner (born Arthur Goldberg; June 7, 1910 – December 19, 2014) was an American actor and film producer. He was known for his television western, The Rifleman. He was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Arthur Gardner
Arthur Goldberg

June 7, 1910
Died December 19, 2014(2014-12-19) (aged 104)
ResidenceBeverly Hills, California
Occupationfilm producer, actor
Years active1930–1982[1]


Gardner was born Arthur Goldberg in Marinette, Wisconsin. He started his show business career as an actor when he was 18 years old. In 1929 he arrived in Hollywood, where Carl Laemmle employed him as an extra for the film studio Universal. One of his first roles was as a student in 1930's All Quiet on the Western Front. He was the last surviving member of the cast and crew. Gardner and Luise Rainer were in 1938's Dramatic School, and, up until his death two weeks before Rainer, were the last two surviving members, both at the age of 104.[2]

During World War II, Gardner served in the Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California, where he met Jules V. Levy and Arnold Laven. The three formed the Levy-Gardner-Laven production company in 1951. Gardner's producing credits include the television series The Rifleman (1958–1963) and The Big Valley (1965–1969). His feature film credits include 1974's McQ and 1975's Brannigan, both starring John Wayne.[3]

Personal life

Gardner lived in Beverly Hills, California from 1963 until his death there on December 19, 2014 at the age of 104.[1] His son Steve Gardner is an attorney. His son Douglas is an Assistant Director

See also


  1. Ryan Parker. "Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner dies at 104", Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2014. Accessed December 20, 2014.
  3. "The iconic tv western". 2014. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.

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