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Charles Farrell

Promotional photograph, circa 1927
Born Charles Farrell
August 9, 1901(1901-08-09)
Walpole, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 6, 1990 (aged 88)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Virginia Valli

Charles Farrell (August 9, 1901 – May 6, 1990)[1] was an American film actor of the 1920s silent era and into the 1930s, and later a television actor. Farrell is probably best recalled for his onscreen romances with actress Janet Gaynor in more than a dozen films, including Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, and Lucky Star.

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Biography

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Career

Born in Walpole, Massachusetts,[2] Farrell began his career in Hollywood as a bit player for Paramount Pictures. Farrell did extra work for films ranging from The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney, Sr., Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, and The Cheat with Pola Negri.

Farrell continued to work throughout the next few years in relatively minor roles without much success until he was signed by Fox Studios and was paired with fellow newcomer Janet Gaynor in the romantic drama Seventh Heaven. The film was a public and critical success and Farrell and Gaynor would go on to star opposite one another in more than a dozen films throughout the late 1920s and into the talkie era of the early 1930s. Unlike many of his silent screen peers, Farrell had little difficulty with "voice troubles" and remained a publicly popular actor throughout the sound era.

Early 1950s

During the early 1950s, after his career in motion pictures began to slow, Farrell began appearing on the television series My Little Margie. The series ran from 1952 to 1955 and Farrell starred opposite actress Gale Storm, who played his daughter. In 1956 Farrell hosted in his own television program, The Charles Farrell Show.

Personal life & retirement

Farrell married former actress Virginia Valli on February 14, 1931, and the couple was married until Valli's death from a stroke on September 24, 1968.

After retiring from his acting career, Farrell became a resident of the desert city of Palm Springs, California. He opened the popular Palm Springs Racquet Club in the city with fellow actor Ralph Bellamy.

A major factor in the prosperity of Palm Springs in the 1950s, Farrell was elected mayor of the community in 1953, a position that he held for seven years. Farrell died from a heart attack in 1990. He was interred at the Welwood Murray Cemetery there.

In the fall of 2009, silent film historian Sarah Baker's dual biography, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, was published by Bear Manor Media.

Awards

For his contribution to both motion pictures and television, Charles Farrell was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood at the following locations: 7021 Hollywood Blvd. (motion pictures), and 1617 Vine Street (television).

Filmography

Features:

Short Subjects:

  • The Gosh-Darn Mortgage (1926)
  • Hollywood Hobbies (1935)
  • Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 7 (1936)

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