Morning Man Classic: Charles Farrell!
For today’s Morning Man Classic I present to you silent movies leading man Charles Farrell who was able to make the transition to early talkies and later found work in television.
Is this guy handsome or what?
Farrell is best remembered for starring opposite Janet Gaynor in 12 different movies between 1937 and 1934. She was the first winner of the Academy Award for best actress and starred in the first version of A Star is Born (Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand went on to do remakes).
He and Farrell starred together in 7th Heaven, Street Angel, Lucky Star, High Society Blues, Sunnyside Up, The Man Who Came Back, The First Year, and Change of Heart.
“Janet Gaynor and I were always receiving wedding-anniversary presents in the mail, care of the studio,” he once said in an interview. “The fans didn’t even know what date our anniversary fell on, which is logical, since we were never married.”
In real life, Farrell was married to Virginia Valle from 1931 until her death in 1968.
He became a star in the 1926 film Old Ironsides but was also left partially deaf from an explosion on the set of the film – something he worked hard to hide. His other films included The Rough Riders, The River, Princess and the Plumber, Body and Soul, After Tomorrow, The Big Shakedown, and Moonlight Sonata.
A decade after his movie career began to fade in the early 1940s, he reinvented himself as a television star playing Gale Storm’s father in the popular series My Little Margie which ran for three seasons. He followed that up with The Charles Farrell Show.
He left showbiz behind in the early 60s and moved to Palm Springs where he became mayor. Farrell lived a long life dying in 1990 at the age of 89.