Richard Farnsworth Biography

Birthday: 1920-09-01
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in horse-racing scenes and cavalry charges unbilled, first as a general rider and later as a stuntman. His riding and stunting skills gained him regular work doubling stars ranging from Roy Rogers to Gary Cooper, and he often doubled the bad guy as well. Although. like most stuntmen, he was occasionally given a line or two of dialogue, it was not until Farnsworth was over 50 that his natural talent for acting and his ease and warmth before the camera became apparent. When he won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Comes a Horseman (1978), it came as a surprise to many in the industry that this "newcomer" had been around since the 1930s. Farnsworth followed his Oscar nomination with a number of finely wrought performances, including The Grey Fox (1982) and The Natural (1984). In 1999 he came out of semi-retirement for a tour-de-force portrayal in The Straight Story (1999).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Roots 1977 Drama
Anne of Green Gables Matthew Cuthbert 1985 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 0, 0
Strange New World 1975 Sci Fi
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1976 Comedy
Roots 1977 Drama, History
Comes a Horseman 1978 Biography, Fantasy
Tom Horn 1980 0, 0
The Legend of the Lone Ranger Wild Bill Hickok 1981 Action, Adventure
The Grey Fox 1983
The Natural Red Blow 1984
Rhinestone 1984 Comedy, Music
Sylvester Foster 1985 0
Space Rage Colonel 1985
Anne of Green Gables Matthew Cuthbert 1986 Drama, Family
The River Pirates Percy 1988 Action, Adventure, Family
The Two Jakes 1990 Game Show, Comedy
Misery Buster 1990 Thriller
Highway to Hell 1992 Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
The Getaway Slim 1994 Action, Adventure, Crime
Resurrection Esco 1998 0
The Straight Story Alvin 1999 Adventure, Drama