Dustin Farnum

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Dustin Farnum
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Who's Who in the Film World, 1914
Born Dustin Lancy Farnum
(1874-05-27)May 27, 1874
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died July 3, 1929(1929-07-03) (aged 55)
New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
kidney failure
Occupation silent film actor, singer, vaudeville performer
Years active 1914-1926
Spouse(s) Agnes Christine Johnson, 1898-1908 (divorced)
Mary Connell, 1909-1924 (divorced)
Winifred Kingston, 1924-1929 (his death, 1 child)

Dustin Lancy Farnum (May 27, 1874 - July 3, 1929) was an American singer, dancer, and actor in silent films.

Career[edit]

After a great success in a number of stage roles, in 1914 Farnum landed his first film role in the movie Soldiers of Fortune, and later in Cecil B. DeMille's The Squaw Man. Although he played a wide variety of roles, he tended toward westerns and became one of the biggest stars of the genre. He was married to actress Winifred Kingston. He was the older brother of actor William Farnum, whom he closely resembled, and the lesser known silent film director Marshall Farnum (died 1917). He also was the father of (with Winifred Kingston) late radio actress Estelle "Dustine" Runyon (1925-1983). Modern actor Dustin Hoffman was named after him.

Dustin Farnum
The Parson of Panamint (1916)

Filmography[edit]

  • The Flaming Frontier (1926)
  • My Man (1924)
  • Kentucky Days (1923)
  • The Grail (1923)
  • The Man Who Won (1923)
  • Bucking the Barrier (1923)
  • The Buster (1923)
  • Three Who Paid (1923)
  • While Justice Waits (1922)
  • The Yosemite Trail (1922)
  • Trail of the Axe (1922)
  • Oath-Bound (1922)
  • Strange Idols (1922)
  • Iron to Gold (1922)
  • The Devil Within (1921)
  • The Primal Law (1921)
  • Big Happiness (1921)
  • The Corsican Brothers (1920)
  • A Man's Fight (1919)
  • A Man in the Open (1919)
  • The Light of the Western Stars (1918)
  • Ready Money Ringfield (1918)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917)
  • North of Fifty Three (1917)
  • The Spy (1917)
  • Durand of the Bad Lands (1917)
  • A Son of Erin (1916)
  • The Intrigue (1916)
  • The Parson of Panamint (1916)
  • Davy Crockett (1916)
  • David Garrick (1916)
  • Ben Blair (1916)
  • The Call of the Cumberlands (1916)
  • The Gentleman from Indiana (1916)
  • The Iron Strain (1916)
  • Captain Courtesy (1915)
  • Cameo Kirby (1915)
  • When We Were Young (1914)
  • The Virginian (1914)
  • The Lightning Conductor (1914)
  • The Squaw Man (1914)
  • Soldiers of Fortune (1914)

Broadway Plays[edit]

  • Arizona (Apr 28, 1913 - Jun 1913)
  • The Littlest Rebel (Nov 14, 1911 - Jan 1912)
  • The Squaw Man (Jan 9, 1911 - Jan 17, 1911)
  • The Silent Call (Jan 2, 1911 - Jan 1911)
  • Cameo Kirby (Dec 20, 1909 - Jan 1910)
  • The Rector's Garden (Mar 3, 1908 - Mar 1908)
  • The Ranger (Sep 2, 1907 - Sep 1907)
  • The Virginian (Jan 5, 1904 - May 1904)
  • More Than Queen (Oct 30, 1900 - Nov 1900)
  • Marcelle (Oct 8, 1900 - Oct 1900)
  • A Romance of Athlone (Jan 29, 1900 - Mar 3, 1900)

Trivia[edit]

  • According to an interview in the April 1975 edition of Playboy Magazine, Dustin Hoffman was named after Dustin Farnum. Additionally, according to an interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR, on January 16, 2013, Dustin says his parents were expecting him to be a girl and did not have a boy's name picked out for him. When his Mother was pressured to give him a name, she picked the name Dustin from a magazine the other lady in her room was reading, which featured Dustin Farnum on the cover.[1]

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