82 (passed away May. 9th, 2004)
Oct. 7th, 1921
Hollywood , California, USA
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A native of Hollywood, California, Farrell was a popular actor and comedian better known for his sidekick roles in the Hollywood Golden Age. He grew up watching his mother, Glenda Farrell, a Warner Brothers contract actress, appear in films like Little Caesar and I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, opposite Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni, respectively.
Farrell attended St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles and was a drama student at the University of Arizona before making his Broadway debut as a young drummer in Strip for Action. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Following discharge, Farrell made his cinematographical debut in Winged Victory (1944). During the 1940s, he became entrenched as a supporting player in B-westerns and cliffhanger serials. He also appeared in a number of other films, including Kissin' Cousins with Elvis Presley and A Guide for the Married Man with Walter Matthau. Then, after the westerns and serials faded he migrated to television work.
On April 1, 1949 Tommy Farrell had a daughter, Ellen Farrell, with his then wife, Ann.
On television Farrell played Cpl. Thad Carson on The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and Chet Holliday, father of Alice Holliday in the 1958-59 syndicated sitcom This is Alice. He was also was a recurrent guest star in Here's Lucy. He finally retired in 1979 after filming an episode of Vega$. In 2003 he was honored during the 21st Annual Golden Boot Awards ceremony for his work in the Western genre, along with Sue Ane Langdon, Michael Dante, Graham Greene, Kris Kristofferson and Tommy Lee Jones, among others.
Farrell died of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 82. At the time of his death, he was the last living B-western sidekick from the golden era of westerns.
- Following his parents' divorce in 1929, Tommy officially changed his name to Farrell in 1932.
- Children: son Mark; daughters Erin, Ellen, Kathy.
- Son of 'Glenda Farrell' (qv).
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