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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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Jul 4, 1876 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Spoilers 1914-04-10
Latest Project:
Movie Lone Star 1952-10-24
Known For
Poster of Lone Star
Poster of Samson and Delilah
Poster of Gun Cargo
Poster of Kit Carson
Movie Lone Star Tom Crockett 1952-10-24
Movie Jack and the Beanstalk The King 1952-04-07
Movie Hollywood Story Himself 1951-06-01
Movie Daughter of the West Father Vallejo 1949-02-15
Movie Samson and Delilah Tubal 1949-12-21
Movie Gun Cargo Board of Inquiry Chairman 1949-10-05
Movie The Perils of Pauline Western Saloon Set Hero 1947-07-04
Movie God's Country Sandy McTavish 1946-03-15
Movie My Dog Shep Carter J. Latham Jr. 1946-11-01
Movie Wildfire Judge Polson 1945-07-18
Movie Captain Kidd Capt. Rawson 1945-11-22
Movie The Mummy's Curse Sacristan 1944-12-22
Movie Frontier Badmen Dad Courtwright 1943-08-05
Movie Men of Texas General Sam Houston 1942-07-03
Movie The Spoilers Wheaton 1942-06-11
Movie Lone Star Ranger Texas Ranger Major McNeil 1942-03-20
Movie The Silver Bullet Dr. Thad Morgan 1942-08-05
Movie Today I Hang Warden Burke 1942-01-09
Movie Boss of Hangtown Mesa Judge Ezra Binns 1942-08-21
Movie American Empire Louisiana Judge 1942-12-11
Movie Tennessee Johnson Senator Huyler 1942-12-01
Movie Deep in the Heart of Texas Colonel Mallory 1942-09-25
Movie A Woman's Face Court Attendant 1941-05-09
Movie Gangs of Sonora Ward Beecham 1941-07-10
Movie Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2 Unknown 1941-12-05
Movie The Corsican Brothers Priest 1941-11-28
Movie Convicted Woman Commissioner McNeill 1940-01-31
Movie Hi-Yo Silver Father McKim 1940-04-10
Movie Adventures of Red Ryder Colonel Tom Ryder 1940-06-28
Movie Kit Carson Don Miguel Murphy 1940-08-30
Movie Mexicali Rose Padre Dominic 1939-03-26
Movie Colorado Sunset Sheriff George Glenn 1939-07-30
Movie South of the Border Padre 1939-12-15
Movie Rovin' Tumbleweeds Senator Timothy Nolan 1939-11-16
Movie If I Were King General Barbezier 1938-09-28
Movie The Lone Ranger Father McKim 1938-02-13
Movie Santa Fe Stampede Dave Carson 1938-11-18
Movie Shine On Harvest Moon Milt Brower 1938-12-30
Movie Maid of Salem Crown Justice Sewall 1937-02-12
Movie Git Along Little Dogies Banker Maxwell 1937-03-27
Movie Public Cowboy No. 1 Sheriff Matt Doniphon 1937-06-11
Movie Custer's Last Stand (II) James Fitzpatrick 1936-04-02
Movie Custer's Last Stand James Fitzpatrick 1936-01-02
Movie The Kid Ranger Bill Mason 1936-02-05
Movie The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand Gordon Gaunt 1936-04-17
Movie The Vigilantes Are Coming Father José 1936-08-21
Movie Undersea Kingdom Sharad 1936-05-30
Movie The Crusades Hugo, Duke of Burgundy 1935-08-21
Movie Million Dollar Haul Mr. Mallory - Sheila's Dad 1935-04-02
Movie Hollywood Extra Girl Crusades Actor 1935-08-22
Movie Powdersmoke Range Sam Oreham - Banker 1935-09-27
Movie Between Men John Wellington / Rand 1935-10-29
Movie The Irish Gringo Pop Wiley 1935-12-01
Movie The Eagle's Brood El Toro 1935-10-25
Movie Are We Civilized? Paul Franklin, Sr. 1934-06-05
Movie School for Girls Charles Waltham 1934-03-22
Movie Good Dame Judge Flynn 1934-03-16
Movie Happy Landing Col. Curtis 1934-09-01
Movie The Silver Streak B.J. Dexter 1934-12-21
Movie The Scarlet Letter Gov. Bellingham 1934-09-18
Movie The Brand of Hate Joe Larkins 1934-11-02
Movie Cleopatra Lepidus 1934-10-05
Movie Reckless Decision Rev. John MacDougall 1933-01-01
Movie Supernatural Nicky Hammond 1933-04-21
Movie Law of the Sea Captain Len Andrews 1932-01-20
Movie The Drifter The Drifter 1932-01-10
Movie Mr. Robinson Crusoe William Belmont 1932-08-19
Movie Flaming Guns Henry Ramsey 1932-12-22
Movie The Painted Desert Cash Holbrook 1931-03-07
Movie Ten Nights in a Barroom Joe Morgan 1931-03-01
Movie A Connecticut Yankee King Arthur / Inventor 1931-04-06
Movie The Pagan Lady Malcolm 'Mal' Todd 1931-09-07
Movie Du Barry, Woman of Passion Louis XV 1930-10-10
Movie Tropical Nights Unknown 1928-12-10
Movie The Man Who Fights Alone John Marble 1924-09-15
Movie Brass Commandments Stephen 'Flash' Lanning 1923-01-28
Movie The Gunfighter Billy Buell 1923-09-02
Movie Shackles of Gold Unknown 1922-04-30
Movie Without Compromise Dick Leighton 1922-10-29
Movie Drag Harlan Drag Harlan 1920-10-24
Movie If I Were King François Villon 1920-08-09
Movie The Scuttlers Jim Landers 1920-12-12
Movie The Last of the Duanes Unknown 1919-09-14
Movie Riders of the Purple Sage Unknown 1918-09-01
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Charles Darnay / Sydney Carton 1917-03-10
Movie Les Misérables Jean Valjean 1917-12-03
Movie The Conqueror Sam Houston 1917-09-16
Movie The Bondman Stephen Orry/Jason Orry 1916-03-20
Movie Samson Maurice Brachard 1915-01-01
Movie The Spoilers Roy Glenister 1914-04-10
Movie The Sign of the Cross Marcus Superbus 1914-12-21