William Farnum

William Farnum

  • Highest Rated: 100% Captain Kidd (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% The Mummy's Curse (1944)
  • Birthday: Invalid date
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of actors, William Farnum was 12 years old when he joined his parents and his brother Dustin and Marshal in the family business. Dustin (1874-1929) made it to motion-picture stardom first, as leading man of Cecil B. DeMille's first feature, 1914's The Squaw Man. That same year, William made his movie debut in another popular western, The Spoilers (1914). The climactic fight scene between Farnum and co-star Tom Santschi made stars out of both men, though only Farnum graduated to matinee-idol status. Signing with Fox films in 1915, Farnum became one of that studio's most popular leading men, thanks to such solid vehicles as Tale of Two Cities (1917), Les Miserables (1917) and If I Were King (1920). At his peak, Farnum was pulling down $10,000 dollars per week. He briefly returned to Broadway in 1925 to star in The Buccaneer. Later in 1925, Farnum suffered a serious injury on the set of The Man Who Fights Alone; as a result, he was confined to supporting roles for the rest of career. While many of these roles were sizeable (notably King Arthur in the 1931 Will Rogers version of A Connecticut Yankee), Farnum would never again recapture the glory of his silent stardom. William Farnum remained a busy character actor up until his death in 1952, often playing minor roles in remakes of his silent triumphs--including the 1942 remake of The Spoilers.

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43% Jack and the Beanstalk The King 1952
No Score Yet Lone Star Sen. Tom Crockett 1952
No Score Yet Hollywood Story William Farnum - Old-time Movie Star 1951
No Score Yet Trail of Robin Hood Guest Star 1950
63% Samson and Delilah Tubal 1949
No Score Yet Gun Cargo Actor 1949
No Score Yet Bride of Vengeance Conti Peruzzi 1949
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Hero, Western Saloon 1947
No Score Yet My Dog Shep Carter J. Latham 1946
No Score Yet Wildfire Judge Polson 1945
100% Captain Kidd Ranson 1945
40% The Mummy's Curse Michael the Caretaker 1944
85% Hangmen Also Die Viktorin 1943
No Score Yet American Empire Louisiana Judge 1942
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Senator Huyler 1942
No Score Yet Boss of Hangtown Mesa Judge Ezra Binns 1942
No Score Yet Silver Bullet Dr. Thad Morgan 1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers Wheaton 1942
No Score Yet Today I Hang Warden Burke 1942
No Score Yet Deep in the Heart of Texas Colonel Mallory 1942
No Score Yet The Corsican Brothers Priest 1941
100% A Woman's Face Notary 1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop Judge Peters 1941
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her Vagabond 1940
No Score Yet Kit Carson Don Miguel Murphy 1940
No Score Yet Adventures of Red Ryder Colonel Tom Ryder 1940
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Father McKim 1940
No Score Yet Mexicali Rose Padre Dominic 1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds Nolan 1939
No Score Yet South of the Border Padre 1939
No Score Yet Colorado Sunset Sheriff 1939
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon Brower 1938
No Score Yet Santa Fe Stampede Dave Carson 1938
No Score Yet If I Were King Gen. Barbezier 1938
No Score Yet Public Cowboy No. 1 Sheriff 1937
No Score Yet Git Along Little Dogies Banker Maxwell 1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem Crown Justice Sewall 1937
No Score Yet Undersea Kingdom Sharad 1936
No Score Yet Custer's Last Stand Fitzpatrick 1936
No Score Yet The Kid Ranger Actor 1936
No Score Yet Clutching Hand Gordon Gaunt 1936
No Score Yet Between Men John Wellington/Rand 1935
No Score Yet The Eagle's Brood El Toro 1935
No Score Yet The Crusades Hugo of Burgundy 1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range Banker Orchan 1935
No Score Yet School for Girls Charles Waltham 1935
No Score Yet The Irish Gringo Actor 1935
No Score Yet The Brand of Hate Joe Larkins 1934
82% Cleopatra Lepidus 1934
No Score Yet The Scarlet Letter Gov. Billingham 1934
83% The Count of Monte Cristo Capt. Leclere 1934
No Score Yet The Silver Streak B.J. Dexter 1934
No Score Yet Supernatural Robert `Nickey' Hammond 1933
No Score Yet Law of the Sea Len Andrews 1932
No Score Yet Reckless Decision Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Drifter The Drifter 1932
No Score Yet Mr. Robinson Crusoe William Belmont 1932
No Score Yet Mister Robinson Crusoe Actor 1932
No Score Yet A Connecticut Yankee Inventor 1931
No Score Yet The Painted Desert Cash Holbrook 1931
No Score Yet Ten Nights in a Barroom Joe Morgan 1931
No Score Yet Du Barry Louis XV 1930
No Score Yet If I Were King Francois Villon 1920
No Score Yet A Tale Of Two Cities Actor 1917
No Score Yet Nigger Actor 1915
No Score Yet The Spoilers Roy Glennister 1914


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