Franklyn Farnum

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Franklyn Farnum
Franklyn Farnum 1.jpg
Farnum in Photoplay Magazine, 1917
Born William Smith
(1878-06-05)June 5, 1878
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died July 4, 1961(1961-07-04) (aged 83)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actor, vaudevillian
Spouse(s) Alma Rubens
(m. 1918; div. 1919)
Children 1

William Smith (June 5, 1878 – July 4, 1961), known by the screen name Franklyn Farnum, was an American character actor and Hollywood extra who appeared in 433 productions between the years 1916 and 1961. Farnum appeared as an actor in more films to win the Academy Award for Best Picture than any other (see below).

Life and career[edit]

Farnum was born in 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts, and became a vaudeville actor at the age of twelve. He was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in a saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of his more famous films include the serial Vanishing Trails (1920) and the features The Clock (1917), The Firebrand (1922), The Drug Store Cowboy (1925), and The Gambling Fool (1925). He left films in 1925 but returned five years later at the advent of sound, only to find himself billed much further down the credits, if billed at all. However, he continued on in these obscure roles well into the 1950s.

One of his three wives was the ill-fated actress Alma Rubens, to whom he was briefly married in 1918. The couple divorced in 1919. He had one daughter, Martha Lillian Smith, who was born in 1898.

Smith appeared in seven Academy Award for Best Picture winners, more than any other actor in history: The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Going My Way (1944) (uncredited), The Lost Weekend (1945), Gentleman's Agreement (1947) (uncredited), All About Eve (1950) (uncredited), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) (uncredited).

He died of cancer in Woodland Hills, California, in 1961 at the age of 83.

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Selected filmography[edit]

The Winged Mystery (1917)

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