Richard Farnsworth

Richard Farnsworth
Farnsworth in The Straight Story, his final role
Richard William Farnsworth

(1920-09-01)September 1, 1920
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedOctober 6, 2000(2000-10-06) (aged 80)
Cause of deathSuicide by gunshot
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145; -118.320
Margaret Hill
(m. 1947; her death 1985)

Richard William Farnsworth (September 1, 1920 – October 6, 2000) was an American actor and stuntman. He is best known for his performances in The Grey Fox (1982), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, Anne of Green Gables (1985), Misery (1990), and The Straight Story (1999), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He died by suicide following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Personal life

Farnsworth was born on September 1, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, to a housewife mother and an engineer father.[1] He was raised during the Great Depression. When he was seven, Farnsworth's father died. He then lived with his aunt, mother, and two sisters in Downtown Los Angeles.

Farnsworth had a long marriage and had two children. After becoming a widower, he lived on a ranch in Lincoln, New Mexico.

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