|Actor William Farnum costumed for his starring role as the title character in the stage production of Ben Hur.
The following biographical information in courtesy of the Internet Movie Database and W. K. Waters.
William Farnum was born the son of G.D. Farnum ad Adela Le Gros, actors who trained their three sons, William,
Dustin, and Marshall, in their profession. William made his stage debut at the age of 10 in Richmond, Virginia, in a
production of Julius Caesar starring Edwin Booth. His first New York appearance was in 1896. His first major stage
success was in the title role of Ben Hur in which he toured for five years. From 1915 to 1925, he devoted himself
exclusively to the motion pictures and became one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood receiving from William Fox
$10,000 weekly. In 1924, he was seriously injured while filming The Man Who Fights Alone (1924). After that, he was
reduced to playing minor roles until the end of the silent era. He returned to the stage in 1925 playing Sir Ralph Morgan
in The Buccaneer. The following year he appeared in the title role of Julius Caesar and two years later was on Broadway
as Banquo in Macbeth. On 10 June 1953, Farnum's funeral was held at the Wilshire Methodist Church in Los Angeles.
Pallbearers were Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky, Frank Lloyd, Clarence Brown, Charles Coburn and Leo Carillo. The
eulogy was read by actor Pat O'Brien.
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States