LOS ANGELES -- Arthur Space, an actor who appeared as a regular in two long-running television shows about animals, has died of cancer in his Hollywood home, it was disclosed Sunday. He was 74.
He portrayed the veterinarian on 'Lassie,' and the father on 'National Velvet.'
Space, who died Thursday, gained his first stage experience at Douglas College, worked in stock and then went to Broadway in 'Three Men on a Horse,' and 'Awake and Sing,' before moving to Hollywood.
He appeared in MGM's 'Tortilla Flat,' 'Our Vines Have Tender Grapes,' 'Spirit of St. Louis,' and 'Lassie Come Home.'
Space moved to television with Lassie where he treated the collie for a variety of illnesses and injuries.
In 'National Velvet,' he was Herbert Brown, Velvet's father.
More recently, he had guest roles on 'Lou Grant,' 'The Waltons,' and 'Angie.'
Space is survived by his two daughters, Susan Swan and Sondra Thiederman, and two granddaughters.
A service was scheduled for Jan. 22 at Wilshire Methodist Church.