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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 August 1900Onset Bay, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 6 May 1990Palm Springs, California, USA  (cardiac arrest)
Birth NameCharles David Farrell
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Popular Hollywood leading man of late silents and early talkies. He is best remembered for his teaming with Janet Gaynor in 12 screen romances between 1927 and 1934. He retired from films in the early 1940's, but TV audiences of the 1950's would see him as Gale Storm's widower dad in the popular television series My Little Margie (1952).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

His father was a talent agent in Boston. When he went to college he became a member of the football team. A very sporty person, young Charles nevertheless opted for an acting career. First a theater actor, he decided to move to California and to try his luck in Hollywood. After three years as an extra he was given a good role in "Old Ironsides" and soon became a matinée idol.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Spouse (1)

Virginia Valli (14 February 1931 - 24 September 1968) (her death)

Trivia (10)

Not to be confused with the Irish-born character actor in UK films Charles Farrell.
Buried at Welwood Murray Cemetery, Palm Springs, CA
Owner and proprietor of Charlie Farrell's Racquet Club in Palm Springs, California.
He was one the early founders of Palm Springs.
An explosion on the set of the film that made him a star, Old Ironsides (1926), left a technician dead, several bystanders injured and blew out Farrell's eardrums, leaving him partially deaf for the rest of his life, something he was fairly careful not to let on.
When his career began to decline in the 1940s, Farrel became a land developer in Palm Springs, California.
Served as the mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1947 to 1955.
Television allowed Farrel to stage a successful comeback, which culminated in The Charles Farrell Show (1956) (1956-1960). After the show's cancellation, Farrell retired to the desert.
One of the first male American stars to appear in a nude scene in a major motion picture, in Frank Borzage's partially lost masterpiece The River (1929).
Upon his death, his remains were interred at Welwood Murray Cemetery in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, USA. His location plot was Section 10-3, Lot F.

Personal Quotes (2)

"Janet Gaynor and I were always receiving wedding-anniversary presents in the mail, care of the studio. The fans didn't even know what date our anniversary fell on, which is logical, since we were never married".
Success came too soon for me. I hadn't had the experience to go with the star status I suddenly acquired, which is one reason talking pictures frightened me.

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