Arthur Pierson (director)

Arthur Pierson (June 16, 1901 January 1, 1975) was a Norwegian-born American actor and director. Born in Oslo, he was brought to the United States and raised in Seattle, Washington. He made his Broadway acting debut in 1929 in Remote Control. He continued to appear on stage throughout the 1930s, appearing in plays such as Night of January 16th (1935) and a Broadway production of Othello (1937). His last Broadway appearance was in The Unconquered in 1940.[1]

In 1932 he took up film acting as well, appearing in Lloyd Corrigan's No One Man. He subsequently appeared in over a dozen movies, usually in minor roles. Among his best-known film roles was Capitano Lorenzo in the Laurel and Hardy comedy The Devil's Brother (1933). In 1947 he went behind the camera to direct Dangerous Years. He directed two other features, The Fighting O'Flynn (1949) and Home Town Story (1951), before turning to television as a director and producer. In his later years he was an executive at animation studio Hanna-Barbera. He died of a heart attack on January 1, 1975, in Santa Monica, California.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1932No One ManStanley McIlvaine
1932Tomorrow and TomorrowSpike
1932The Strange Case of Clara DeaneLew SeverenUncredited
1932Bachelor's AffairsOliver Denton
1932Hat Check GirlFelix CornwallUncredited
1932Rackety Rax'Speed' Bennett
1932The Golden WestRobert Summers
1933Air HostessDick Miller
1933The Devil's BrotherLorenzo
1933Ann Carver's ProfessionKen Bingham
1933The Way to LoveM. Joe
1933Before MidnightDr. David R. Marsh
1934You Belong to MeHap Stanley
1934Murder in the CloudsJason
1935Sweet SurrenderNick Harrington
1943Follies GirlSgt. Bill Perkins(final film role)


  1. Wollstein, Hans J. "Arthur Pierson: Full Biography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  2. Vazzana, Eugene Michael (1995). Silent Film Necrology. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 264. ISBN 0-7864-0132-X. OCLC 246762752.

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