David Farrar (I) (1908–1995)

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London-born David Farrar dropped out of school at 14 and became a writer for the Morning Advertiser newspaper; but it wasn't long before he decided to change careers and become an actor. He started out on the stage in 1932, and five years later made his film debut. Appearing at first in low-budget thrillers, such as Sexton Blake and the Hooded ... See full bio »

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Known For

Hour of Glory Sammy Rice
Black Narcissus Mr. Dean
Frieda Robert


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 1962 The 300 Spartans
 1962 The Webster Boy
Paul Webster
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Leonard Waugh
- The Clocks (1962) ... Dr. Leonard Waugh
 1960 Wild for Kicks
Paul Linden
 1959 Solomon and Sheba
 1959 John Paul Jones
John Wilkes
 1959 Watusi
Rick Cobb
 1958 Son of Robin Hood
Des Roches
 1958 My Pal Bob (TV Series)
- Episode #2.4 (1958)
 1958 I Accuse!
Mathieu Dreyfus
 1957 Woman and the Hunter
David Kirby
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Narrator (uncredited)
 1956 Tears for Simon
Det. Insp. Craig
 1955 Pearl of the South Pacific
Bully Hague
 1955 The Sea Chase
Cmdr. Jeff Napier
 1955 Escape to Burma
 1954 Let's Make Up
Charles King / King Charles II
 1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Banner
- Captain Banner (1954) ... Captain Banner
 1954 The Black Shield of Falworth
Gilbert Blunt - Earl of Alban
 1954 Duel in the Jungle
Perry Henderson / Arthur Henderson
 1953 I vinti (uncredited)
 1952 Portrait of Peter Perowne (TV Movie)
Peter Perowne
 1951 The Golden Horde
Sir Guy of Devon
 1951 Night Without Stars
Giles Gordon
 1951 Obsessed
 1950 Cage of Gold
 1950 Gone to Earth
John 'Jack' Reddin
 1949 Diamond City
Stafford Parker
 1949 Hour of Glory
Sammy Rice
 1948 Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill
David Traill
 1947 Frieda
 1947 Black Narcissus
Mr. Dean
 1946 Lisbon Story
David Warren
 1946 The Trojan Brothers
Sid Nichols
 1945 The Echo Murders
Sexton Blake
 1945 Meet Sexton Blake!
Sexton Blake
 1945 The World Owes Me a Living
Paul Collyer
 1944 The Hundred Pound Window
George Graham
 1944 For Those in Peril
Flt.Lt. Murray
 1943 The Night Invader
Dick Marlow
 1943 Headline
'Brookie ' Brooks
 1943 They Met in the Dark
Commander Lippinscott
 1943 The Dark Tower
Tom Danton
 1942 Went the Day Well?
Lieut. Jung
 1942 Suspected Person
Inspector Thompson
 1942 Courageous Mr. Penn (uncredited)
 1941 Sheepdog of the Hills
Reverend Michael Varney
 1941 Danny Boy
Harold Martin
 1940 Goofer Trouble (Short)
Intelligence Officer
 1939 Clouds Over Europe
Viking Bo'sun (uncredited)
 1938 Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror
Granite Grant
 1938 A Royal Divorce
Louis Bonaparte
 1938 Silver Top
 1937 The Face Behind the Scar
Dr. Young (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(8/48) Radio: Appeared (as "Peter Carter") in a BBC Radio broadcast of "A Matter of Life and Death".

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1 Print Biography | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[on Black Narcissus (1947)] I can honestly say that every day of shooting was an exciting adventure, mainly due to Micky's [Michael Powell] creative ideas. The whole thing was an outstanding, fully satisfying creation. People could scarcely believe that the whole film was shot in the studio, with profiles and smokescreens against the skyline to give the effect of the dizzy height of the Himalayas... See more »


Met his wife, Irene Elliot, in 1926 when he was playing the title role on stage in "David Copperfield". Following her death in 1976, he joined their daughter Barbara on the Natal coast of the Republic of South Africa. See more »

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