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William Farnum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Farnum (July 4, 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts – June 5, 1953 in Hollywood, California) was a major movie actor. One of three brothers, Farnum grew up in a family of actors. He made his acting debut at the age of ten in Richmond, Virginia in a production of Julius Caesar, with Edwin Booth playing the title character. His first major success was as the title character of Ben-Hur in 1900 though replacing the original actor Edward Morgan who premiered the character in 1899. Later plays Farnum appeared in were the costume epic The Prince of India (1906), The White Sister (1909) starring Viola Allen, The Littlest Rebel (1911) co-starring his brother Dustin and a child actress named Mary Miles Minter(then nine years old) & Arizona (1913) with Dustin and stage beauty Elsie Ferguson. In The Spoilers in 1914, Farnum and Tom Santschi staged a classic movie fight which lasted for a full reel. In 1930, Farnum and Stantschi coached Gary Cooper and William Boyd in the fight scene for the 1930 version of The Spoilers. Other actors influenced by the Farnum scene were Milton Sills and Noah Beery in 1922 and Randolph Scott and John Wayne in 1942. From 1915 to 1925, Farnum devoted his life to motion pictures. When becoming one of the biggest sensations in Hollywood, he also became one of the highest-paid actors, earning $10,000 a week. Farnum's silent pictures the western Drag Harlan(1920) and the drama-adventure If I Were King(1921) survive from his years contracted to Fox Films. Farnum has a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the younger brother of actor Dustin Farnum. He had another brother, Marshall Farnum, who was a silent film director and died in 1917. Description above from the Wikipedia article William Farnum, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jul 4, 1876 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
65
First Appeared:
In the movie The Spoilers 1914-04-10
Latest Project:
Movie Lone Star 1952-10-24
Known For
Poster of Riders of the Purple Sage
Poster of The Bondman

William Farnum Movies Filmography

Movie
Jack and the Beanstalk
The King 1952-04-07
Movie
Lone Star
Tom Crockett 1952-10-24
Movie
Hollywood Story
Himself 1951-06-01
Movie
Samson and Delilah
Tubal 1949-12-21
Movie
The Perils of Pauline
Western Saloon Set Hero 1947-07-04
Movie
My Dog Shep
Carter J. Latham Jr. 1946-11-01
Movie
Captain Kidd
Capt. Rawson 1945-11-22
Movie
Wildfire
Judge Polson 1945-07-18
Movie
The Mummy's Curse
Keeper of Church Ruins 1944-12-22
Movie
Frontier Badmen
Dad Courtwright 1943-08-05
Movie
The Silver Bullet
Dr. Thad Morgan 1942-08-05
Movie
The Spoilers
Wheaton 1942-06-11
Movie
Lone Star Ranger
Texas Ranger Major McNeil 1942-03-20
Movie
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Colonel Mallory 1942-09-25
Movie
Tennessee Johnson
Senator Huyler 1942-12-01
Movie
American Empire
Louisiana Judge 1942-12-11
Movie
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2
1941-12-05
Movie
The Corsican Brothers
Priest 1941-11-28
Movie
Gangs of Sonora
Ward Beecham 1941-07-10
Movie
A Woman's Face
Court Attendant 1941-05-09
Movie
Convicted Woman
Commissioner McNeill 1940-01-31
Movie
Adventures of Red Ryder
Colonel Tom Ryder 1940-06-28
Movie
Kit Carson
Don Miguel Murphy 1940-08-30
Movie
South of the Border
Padre 1939-12-15
Movie
Rovin' Tumbleweeds
Senator Timothy Nolan 1939-11-16
Movie
Colorado Sunset
Sheriff George Glenn 1939-07-30
Movie
Shine On Harvest Moon
Milt Brower 1938-12-30
Movie
Santa Fe Stampede
Dave Carson 1938-11-18
Movie
If I Were King
General Barbezier 1938-09-28
Movie
The Lone Ranger
Father McKim 1938-02-13
Movie
Maid of Salem
Crown Justice Sewall 1937-02-12
Movie
Public Cowboy No. 1
Sheriff Matt Doniphon 1937-06-11
Movie
Git Along Little Dogies
Banker Maxwell 1937-03-27
Movie
The Vigilantes Are Coming
Father José 1936-08-21
Movie
Undersea Kingdom
Sharad 1936-05-30
Movie
The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand
Gordon Gaunt 1936-04-17
Movie
Custer's Last Stand
James Fitzpatrick 1936-01-02
Movie
Between Men
John Wellington / Rand 1935-10-29
Movie
The Eagle's Brood
El Toro 1935-10-25
Movie
Powdersmoke Range
Sam Oreham - Banker 1935-09-27
Movie
Hollywood Extra Girl
Crusades Actor 1935-08-22
Movie
The Crusades
Hugo, Duke of Burgundy 1935-08-21
Movie
Million Dollar Haul
Mr. Mallory - Sheila's Dad 1935-04-02
Movie
The Scarlet Letter
Gov. Bellingham 1934-09-18
Movie
School for Girls
Charles Waltham 1934-03-22
Movie
Good Dame
Judge Flynn 1934-03-16
Movie
Cleopatra
Lepidus 1934-10-05
Movie
The Brand of Hate
Joe Larkins 1934-11-02
Movie
The Silver Streak
B.J. Dexter 1934-12-21
Movie
Supernatural
Nicky Hammond 1933-04-21
Movie
Mr. Robinson Crusoe
William Belmont 1932-08-19
Movie
The Drifter
The Drifter 1932-01-10
Movie
A Connecticut Yankee
King Arthur / Inventor 1931-04-06
Movie
The Painted Desert
Cash Holbrook 1931-03-07
Movie
Du Barry, Woman of Passion
Louis XV 1930-10-10
Movie
The Man Who Fights Alone
John Marble 1924-09-15
Movie
Brass Commandments
Stephen 'Flash' Lanning 1923-01-28
Movie
The Scuttlers
Jim Landers 1920-12-12
Movie
If I Were King
François Villon 1920-08-09
Movie
Riders of the Purple Sage
1918-09-01
Movie
Les Misérables
Jean Valjean 1917-12-03
Movie
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Darnay / Sydney Carton 1917-03-10
Movie
The Bondman
Stephen Orry/Jason Orry 1916-03-20
Movie
The Sign of the Cross
Marcus Superbus 1914-12-21
Movie
The Spoilers
Roy Glenister 1914-04-10

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