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William Farnum

Highest Rated:   100% Captain Kidd (1945)
Lowest Rated:   40% The Mummy's Curse (1944)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
57% Samson and Delilah
  • Tubal
1949
No Score Yet Gun Cargo
  • Actor
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
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Viktorin
1943
No Score Yet American Empire
  • Louisiana Judge
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 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 Rovin' Tumbleweeds
  • Nolan
1939
No Score Yet Mexicali Rose
  • Padre Dominic
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 Crusades
  • Hugo of Burgundy
1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range
  • Banker Orchan
1935
No Score Yet The Irish Gringo
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Brand of Hate
  • Joe Larkins
1934
88% Cleopatra
  • Lepidus
1934
No Score Yet The Scarlet Letter
  • Gov. Billingham
1934
No Score Yet 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 Mr. Robinson Crusoe
  • William Belmont
1932
No Score Yet The Drifter
  • The Drifter
1932
No Score Yet Reckless Decision
  • Actor
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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