Arthur Veary Treacher was an English actor born in Brighton, East Sussex, England.
Treacher was a veteran of World War I. After the war, he established a stage career and in 1928, he went to America as part of a musical-comedy revue called Great Temptations. He was featured in the 1930 Billy Rose production Sweet and Low.
Treacher began his film career in the 1930s, which included roles in four Shirley Temple films: Curly Top, Stowaway, Heidi, and The Little Princess. Scenes intentionally put the six-feet-four Treacher standing or dancing side-by-side with the tiny child actress. Treacher filled the role of the ideal butler, and he portrayed P.G. Wodehouse’s perfect valet character Jeeves in the films Thank You, Jeeves! and Step Lively, Jeeves. He also played a valet or butler in several other films, including Personal Maids, Mister Cinderella, and Bordertown.
In 1964, Treacher played the role of stuffy English butler Arthur Pinkney in two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Pinkney mistakenly believed the hillbillies were the domestic servants of the family he was hired by, while the hillbillies believed Pinkney to be a boarder at their Beverly Hills mansion.