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Dustin Farnum (1874–1929)

American leading man of silent pictures who specialized in Westerns. His mother and father were, respectively, a singer and an actor, and he and his younger brother William Farnum were introduced to the theatre at an early age. Raised in Maine, Dustin attended the East Maine Conference Seminary, but left school to go on the stage at the age of ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Squaw Man
The Squaw Man Capt. James Wynnegate - aka Jim Carston
The Spy
The Spy Mark Quaintance
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Blakeney
The Virginian
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 1926 The Flaming Frontier
General George Armstrong Custer
 1924 My Man
 1923 Kentucky Days
Don Buckner
 1923 The Grail
Chic Shelby
 1923 The Man Who Won
Wild Bill
 1923 Bucking the Barrier
Kit Carew
 1923 The Buster
Bill Coryell
 1923 Three Who Paid
Riley Sinclair
 1922 While Justice Waits
Dan Hunt
 1922 The Yosemite Trail
Jim Thorpe
 1922 Trail of the Axe
Dave Malkern
 1922 Oath-Bound
Lawrence Bradbury
 1922 Strange Idols
Angus MacDonald
 1922 Iron to Gold
Tom Curtis
 1921 The Devil Within
Captain Briggs
 1921 The Primal Law
Brian Wayne
 1920 Big Happiness
John Dant / James Dant
 1919 A Man's Fight
Roger Carr
 1919 A Man in the Open
Sailor Jesse
 1918 The Light of Western Stars
Gene Stewart
 1918 Ready Money Ringfield (Short)
Ready Money Ringfield
 1917 The Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Percy Blakeney
 1917 North of Fifty-Three
'Roaring Bill' Wagstaff
 1917/I The Spy
Mark Quaintance
 1917 Durand of the Bad Lands
Dick Durand
 1916 A Son of Erin
Dennis O'Hara
 1916 The Parson of Panamint
Philip Pharo
 1916 Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett
 1916 David Garrick
David Garrick
 1916 Ben Blair
Ben Blair
 1916 The Call of the Cumberlands
Samson South
 1915 The Gentleman from Indiana
John Harkless
 1915 The Iron Strain
'Chuck' Hemingway
 1915 Captain Courtesy
Leonardo Davis (Captain Courtesy)
 1914 Cameo Kirby
Cameo Kirby
 1914 When We Were Young (Short)
 1914 The Arrow's Tongue (Short)
 1914 The Virginian
The Virginian
 1914 The Lightning Conductor
 1914 The Squaw Man
Capt. James Wynnegate - aka Jim Carston
 1914 Soldiers of Fortune
Robert Clay
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Stage Play: The Silent Call. Written by Edwin Milton Royle. Directed by Edwin Milton Royle. Broadway Theatre: 2 Jan 1911- Jan 1911 (closing date unknown/8 performances). Cast: Charles S. Abbe, Frank Bixby, Samuel J. Burton, Stella Condon, George W. Deyo, Walter Dickinson, Dustin Farnum, George Fawcett, Elmer Grandin, Tom Gunn, William S. ... See more »

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5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Turned down the opportunity to invest $5,000 in the production of The Squaw Man (1914), an investment that would have made him a millionaire. When he was hired to star in the film, he was paid partly in cash and partly in stock of the company formed to produce the film, headed by Cecil B. DeMille, the film's director. Farnum thought so little of the stock that he gave it to his valet. When the ... See more »

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