Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Charles Farrell (1900-1990) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in Walpole, MA, Farrell is best remembered for a dozen big screen pairings with Janet Gaynor, his racquet club and time as mayor in Palm Springs, CA, and cast as Gale Storm's father on TV's My Little Margie. Young Farrell left Boston University for vaudeville and, despite his parents' objections, to pursue his ambition of becoming a film star. He began as a Hollywood extra in 1923, getting his break with a billed role in Wings of Youth (1925) that earned him a contract with Warner Bros and male lead in the Rin-Tin-Tin entry Clash of the Wolves (1925). He left Warners, earned a contract with Fox after impressing in Sandy (1926), and then was loaned to Paramount for Old Ironsides (1926). Farrell's next picture at Fox, 7th Heaven (1927), first paired him with Gaynor, creating the legendary team that worked together in another eleven pictures through 1934. Street Angel (1928), Lucky Star (1929), and Sunnyside Up (1929) were some of their most popular movies together. Farrell transitioned to talkies, though how well he transitioned is debatable, as his upper crust New England accent often clashed with the more down-to-earth parts he typically played. Interesting Farrell titles without Gaynor include Liliom (1930), Wild Girl (1932), Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933), and The Big Shakedown (1934). He appeared in movies through 1941, though his heart was in other places after opening the Palm Springs Racquet Club with Ralph Bellamy in 1934. Farrell received an honorable discharge at the end of World War II having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Back in the States he was elected to Palm Springs' city council in 1946, then cut his term short when elected mayor in 1948. The self-described ham returned to the spotlight in My Little Margie from 1952-55, ultimately resigning as mayor of Palm Springs in 1953. He followed with the short-lived The Charles Farrell Show (1956), often spotlighting his racquet club, which he sold for over a million dollars in 1959. Farrell was married to actress Virginia Valli from 1931 until her death in 1968. He died in Palm Springs in 1990 at age 89.
Birthday: August 9