Peter Arne Overview:

Character actor, Peter Arne, was born Peter Randolph Albrecht on Sep 29, 1920 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia). Arne died at the age of 62 on Aug 1, 1983 in London, England .


Malaya-born British actor who had some good roles as heartless, half-smiling villains in British action films of the 1950s and early 1960s before his career dipped disappointingly into minor supporting parts, sometimes verging on the comic. Perhaps the oiliness was piled on a bit thickly, but he was always good value for money. Believed to have been murdered by a student who subsequently drowned himself.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Hench, a pirate: [to Mack] I do not count my chickens before I see them, and then I wait until the eggs are hatched out.

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Peter Arne had been cast to play the part of "Range" in the "Doctor Who" episode "Frontios" in 1983. He had just returned from a costume fitting when he was bludgeoned to death in his apartment with a log from the fireplace. The role was later filled by William Lucas. The prime suspect in Arne's murder was a schoolteacher from Italy who had been living rough in a local park, for whom Arne had been providing food, and who drowned a few days later in an apparent suicide. Police suspect the murderer came to Arne's home for whatever reason, and became incensed either when Arne made a pass at him, or refused his request for accommodation. A man fitting the suspect's description was also spotted by a neighbor sitting on the entry stairs of Arne's building shortly before Arne returned home from the aforementioned fitting at the BBC, eating from what appeared to be a jar of honey, a half-eaten jar of which was found in Arne's flat. The alleged killer's body was found washed up near Wandsworth bridge 3 days later, his bloodstained clothes found upstream at Putney. The coroner concluded that the man killed Arne and then committed suicide whilst in a disturbed state of mind.

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