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Richard Farnsworth (1920–2000)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Straight Story
(1999)
Misery
Misery Buster
(1990)
The Natural
The Natural Red Blow
(1984)
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables Matthew Cuthbert
(1985)

Filmography

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 1999 The Straight Story
Alvin
 1998 Best Friends for Life (TV Movie)
Will Harper
 1994 Lassie
Len Collins
 1994 The Getaway
Slim
 1993 The Fire Next Time (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Morgan
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Frank Morgan
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Frank Morgan
 1992 The Boys of Twilight (TV Series)
Cody McPherson
 1991 Highway to Hell
Sam
 1990/I Havana
Professor
 1990 Misery
Buster
 1990 The Two Jakes
Earl Rawley
 1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (TV Movie)
Sheriff Campbell, Bisby Arizona
 1989 Red Earth, White Earth (TV Movie)
Helmer
 1988 The River Pirates
Percy
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Grandpa Jet Sanders
- A Dream of Wild Horses (1987) ... Grandpa Jet Sanders
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Carl
- Travelin' Man (1987) ... Carl
 1985 Space Rage
Colonel
 1985 Chase (TV Movie)
Judge Grand Pettitt
 1985 Wild Horses (TV Movie)
Chuck Reese
 1985 Sylvester
Foster
 1985 Into the Night
Jack Caper
 1985 Anne of Green Gables (TV Mini-Series)
Matthew Cuthbert
- Part 2 (1985) ... Matthew Cuthbert
- Part 1 (1985) ... Matthew Cuthbert
 1984 Rhinestone
Noah Farris
 1984 The Natural
Red Blow
 1983 Ghost Dancing (TV Movie)
Russ Ward
 1983 Travis McGee (TV Movie)
Van Harder
 1983 Independence Day
Evan
 1982 Waltz Across Texas
Frank Walker
 1982 The Grey Fox
Miner
 1981 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Ridge Fenton
- The Cherokee Trail (1981) ... Ridge Fenton
 1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Movie)
Jason Stayvey
 1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Wild Bill Hickok
 1981 The Texas Rangers (TV Movie)
Ranger J.W. Stevens
 1980 Resurrection
Esco
 1980 Ruckus
Sheriff Jethro Pough
 1980 Tom Horn
John C. Coble
 1978 Comes a Horseman
Dodger
 1977 Another Man, Another Chance
Stagecoach Driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Slave Catcher
- Part VII (1977) ... Slave Catcher
 1977 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Wall
- Quarantine (1977) ... Wall (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales
Comanchero (uncredited)
 1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
Stagecoach driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1975 Strange New World (TV Movie)
Elder
 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang
Mover (uncredited)
 1974 Honky Tonk (TV Movie)
Driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1974 Blazing Saddles
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1973 Papillon
Manhunter (uncredited)
 1973 The Soul of Nigger Charley
Walker (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Outlaw (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1972 Ulzana's Raid
Trooper
 1971-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Troy / Tate / Sourdough
- He Was Only Seven (1972) ... Troy (as Dick Farnsworth)
- The Saddle Stiff (1972) ... Tate (as Dick Farnsworth)
- Top Hand (1971) ... Sourdough (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1972 Pocket Money
Man (uncredited)
 1972 The Cowboys
Henry Williams (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1971 Skin Game
Man in Saloon fight (uncredited)
 1970 Monte Walsh
Cowboy
 1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Lloyd
- The Long Shadow (1970) ... Lloyd (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1969 Paint Your Wagon
Miner (uncredited)
 1968 The Stalking Moon (uncredited)
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Benefiel / Dusty Rhodes
- The Battleground (1967) ... Benefiel (as Dick Farnsworth)
- Journey to a Hanging (1967) ... Dusty Rhodes (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1965-1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Businessman / Bolin
- Image of Yesterday (1967) ... Businessman (as Dick Farnsworth)
- The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner (1965) ... Bolin (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1966 Texas Across the River
Medicine Man (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1966 Duel at Diablo
Wagon Driver #1 (uncredited)
 1963 The Jolly Genie (Short)
Thug
 1960-1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Hank / Gault Ranch Hand / Stage Driver / ...
- The Tumbleweed Wagon (1961) ... Hank (as Dick Farnsworth)
- Street of Hate (1960) ... Gault Ranch Hand (as Dick Farnsworth)
- The Legend of Lily (1960) ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
- Ride into Darkness (1960) ... Manley (uncredited)
 1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Hal / Rance
- To the Victor (1960) ... Hal (as Dick Farnsworth)
- The Partners (1960) ... Rance (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1960 Spartacus
Salt Mine Slave / Gladiator / Slave General (uncredited)
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Trooper
- Yellow Hair (1959) ... Trooper
 1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Caleb Smith
- Lonely Valley (1959) ... Caleb Smith (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Ira Youngman
- Twelve Guns (1958) ... Ira Youngman (uncredited)
 1958 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Butler
- Jingles on the Jailroad (1958) ... Butler
 1957 The Hard Man
Posse Man (uncredited)
 1957 The Tin Star
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Trooper
- Star Over Texas (1956) ... Trooper (as Dick Farnsworth)
 1956 The Ten Commandments
Chariot Driver (uncredited)
 1955 A Lawless Street
Townsman (uncredited)
 1955 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Gaucho
- The General (1955) ... Gaucho (uncredited)
 1954 The Violent Men
Anchor Rider (uncredited)
 1951-1954 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
Army Wagon Driver / Henchman Farnsworth / Henchman Pete
- The Gatling Gun (1954) ... Army Wagon Driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
- The Desperate Sheriff (1951) ... Henchman Farnsworth (uncredited)
- Fury at Red Gulch (1951) ... Henchman Pete (uncredited)
 1953 The Wild One (uncredited)
 1953 Arrowhead
Cavalryman (uncredited)
 1953 Arena
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1950 The Flame and the Arrow
Outlaw (uncredited)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1948 The Paleface
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1948 Red River
Dunston Rider (uncredited)
 1943 This Is the Army
Soldier (uncredited)
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Soldier (uncredited)
 1939 Gunga Din
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo
Mongol Warrior (uncredited)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Jockey (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Dick Farnsworth

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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