Richard Farnsworth

Richard Farnsworth

actor, stunts, soundtrack

Richard Farnsworth was born on Sep 01, 1920 in USA. Richard Farnsworth's big-screen debut came with A Day at the Races directed by Sam Wood in 1937, strarring Jockey (uncredited). Richard Farnsworth is known for Blazing Saddles directed by Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little stars as Bart and Gene Wilder as Jim. Richard Farnsworth has got 12 awards and 15 nominations so far. The most recent award Richard Farnsworth achieved is Film Independent Spirit Awards. The upcoming new movie Richard Farnsworth plays is The Straight Story which will be released on Nov 03, 1999.

An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in horse-racing scenes and cavalry charges unbilled, first as a general rider and later as a stuntman. His riding and stunting skills gained him regular work doubling stars ranging from Roy Rogers to Gary Cooper, and he often doubled the bad guy as well. Although. like most stuntmen, he was occasionally given a line or two of dialogue, it was not until Farnsworth was over 50 that his natural talent for acting and his ease and warmth before the camera became apparent. When he won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Le souffle de la tempĂȘte (1978), it came as a surprise to many in the industry that this "newcomer" had been around since the 1930s. Farnsworth followed his Oscar nomination with a number of finely wrought performances, including The Grey Fox (1982) and Le meilleur (1984). In 1999 he came out of semi-retirement for a tour-de-force portrayal in Une histoire vraie (1999).

  • Birthday

    Sep 01, 1920
  • Place of Birth

    Los Angeles, California, USA

Known For


12 wins & 15 nominations

Film Independent Spirit Awards
Best Male Lead
Winner - Independent Spirit Award
MovieGuide Awards
Most Inspiring Performance in Movies
Winner - Grace Award
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