Dot Farley

Dot Farley (February 6, 1881 May 2, 1971)[1] was an American film actress who appeared in 280 motion pictures between 1910 and 1950. She was also known as Dorothea Farley and Dorothy Farley.[2]

Dot Farley
Dot Farley
Born(1881-02-06)February 6, 1881
DiedMay 2, 1971(1971-05-02) (aged 90)
Other namesDorothea Farley
Dorothy Farley
Years active1910-1950
Parent(s)Eugene Farley
Alma Streeter Farley

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Farley was the daughter of Eugene Farley and actress Alma Streeter Farley.[3]

Farley gained acting experience by working for six years in stock theater[3] and made her film debut in 1910.[4] Mainly known for her roles in short comedies, prolific with Mack Sennett in the silent days, she also appeared in Western films in the early 1910s.[2]

She was later notable as the mother-in-law of Edgar Kennedy in most of his series of short films at the RKO studios.

Farley was also a writer, with 260 of her stories having been produced by 1924.[5]

Farley died in South Pasadena, California.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Dot Farley; Retrieved September 9, 2016
  2. Boggs, Johnny D. (2014). Jesse James and the Movies. McFarland. p. 31. ISBN 9780786484966. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  3. Cassara, Bill. Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn. BearManor Media. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. Walker, Brent E. (2013). Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel. McFarland. p. 501. ISBN 9780786477111. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  5. "Dot Farley Is Successful Writer". The Perry Journal. Oklahoma, Perry. April 24, 1924. p. 7. Retrieved July 24, 2019 via
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