David Farrar (actor)
21 August 1908|
Forest Gate, London, England
|Died||31 August 1995
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
|Resting place||Cremated, ashes scattered into the Indian Ocean|
|Spouse(s)||Irene Elliot (1929-1976) 1 child|
He gained fame in the 1940s playing Sexton Blake in a series of low budget thrillers which were enormously popular. By 1945 he was receiving 800 fan letters a week.
Three of his most notable film roles were leads in the Powell and Pressburger films Black Narcissus (1947), The Small Back Room (1949), and Gone to Earth (1950). In 1949 exhibitors voted him the ninth most popular British star. Director Michael Powell once spoke of his handsome appearance and distinctive "violet eyes", and his exceptional timing in films. Powell has stated that had Farrar been more interested in cinema and cared more about his career he could have been a much more high-profile actor, as successful as any. John Huston once offered him a part but it was given to Humphrey Bogart instead.
He retired in 1962. After the death of his wife Irene in 1976, he moved to South Africa to be with their daughter, Barbara.
- "FILM CABLE FROM LONDON:.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 17 March 1946. p. 13 Supplement: The Sunday Times MAGAZINE. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Bob Hope Takes Lead from Bing In Popularity.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 31 December 1949. p. 2. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- Black Narcissus (The Criterion Collection) (2001) DVD commentary
- David Farrar (actor) at Find a Grave
- David Farrar at the Internet Movie Database
- David Farrar biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
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