Richard Farnsworth

Richard Farnsworth

Highest Rated: 100% Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Lowest Rated: 14% Rhinestone (1984)

Birthday: Sep 1, 1920

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Possessing a crinkly yet boyish face and sparkling blue eyes, quintessential cowboy Richard Farnsworth began working as a stuntman and extra in the movie industry during the late 1930s. After forty years of relative anonymity, the ultimate late bloomer matured into one of Hollywood's archetypal aging country gentleman. Already making his living as a rodeo performer when he answered a casting call for 500 Mongolian horsemen, the Los Angeles native subsequently made his film debut as a stunt rider in "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (1938), starring Gary Cooper. Farnsworth continued on the rodeo circuit for another decade before concentrating exclusively on films, beginning with Howard Hawks' "Red River" (1948) and eventually appearing as a stuntman in more than 300 films. Some of his more notable feats included changing horses on the run in "The Pony Express" (1953) with Charlton Heston, driving a chariot in Cecil B DeMille's 1956 remake of "The Ten Commandments," doubling for Henry Fonda in Anthony Mann's "The Tin Star" (1957), and riding and fighting as a gladiator in Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" (1960), not to mention numerous exploits for Western TV series like "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (syndicated), "Zorro" (ABC), "Bonanza" and "High Chaparral" (both NBC).

Highest rated movies

Anne of Green Gables
The Grey Fox
The Straight Story
Monte Walsh
The Natural




95% 91% The Straight Story Alvin Straight (Character) $6.2M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Friends for Life Will Harper (Character) - 1998
88% 56% Lassie Len Collins (Character) $8.3M 1994
33% 28% The Getaway Slim (Character) $15.5M 1994
No Score Yet 25% The Fire Next Time Frank Morgan (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 53% Highway to Hell Sam (Character) $12.3K 1991
28% 57% Havana Professor (Character) $8.8M 1990
90% 90% Misery J.T. McCain (Character) $54.7M 1990
65% 38% The Two Jakes Earl Rawley (Character) $9.4M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Sheriff Campbell (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snake Treaty Helmer (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Old Boy Percy (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 0% Space Rage Colonel (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Horses Bob Bowne (Character) - 1985
40% 49% Into the Night Jack Caper (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 90% Sylvester Foster (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chase Judge Grand Pettitt (Character) - 1985
100% 80% Anne of Green Gables Matthew Cuthbert (Character) - 1985
14% 35% Rhinestone Noah (Character) - 1984
83% 88% The Natural Red Blow (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 62% Independence Day Evan (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 67% Waltz Across Texas Unknown (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Travis McGee: The Empty Copper Sea Van Harder (Character) - 1983
100% 77% The Grey Fox Bill Miner/George Edwards (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 38% The Legend of the Lone Ranger Wild Bill Hickok (Character) - 1981
80% 76% Resurrection Esco (Character) - 1980
71% 69% Tom Horn John C. Coble (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 53% Ruckus Sheriff Jethro Pough (Character) - 1980
64% 54% Comes a Horseman Dodger (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 11% Strange New World Elder (Character) - 1975
89% 65% Monte Walsh Cowboy (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 62% Texas Across the River Comanche medicine man (Character) - 1966


No Score Yet No Score Yet Utopia: In Search of the Dream Unknown (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Grandpa Jet Sanders (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Wall (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Hank (Guest Star) 1960-1961