Morgan Farley

Francis Morgan Farley (October 3, 1898 October 11, 1988) was an American actor on the stage and in films and television.

Morgan Farley
Still from Half Marriage (1929) with Olive Borden and Morgan Farley
Francis Morgan Farley

(1898-10-03)October 3, 1898
DiedOctober 11, 1988(1988-10-11) (aged 90)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active191881


His theatrical career began in 1918 in the stage adaptation of Booth Tarkington's Seventeen. He recreated the role of Joe Bullitt in Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre on the Air adaptation of the story that aired October 16, 1938. He gained a whole new generation of followers as a result of his guest spots on the original Star Trek series in the 1960s in the episodes "The Return of the Archons" and "The Omega Glory". In 1967 he appeared as Paco on the TV western series The Big Valley in the episode titled "Days of Grace."

Farley played a large number of mostly small parts in movies, television and Broadway, including the church minister in High Noon. He also served in World War II.

He was an out actor and was an activist in the early movement to gain civil and equal rights for homosexual Americans. He was a member of the board of ONE, Inc., the first public organization and publication (ONE Magazine). His contribution is covered in a book by Joseph Hansen on ONE Magazine's main editor, Don Slater, titled A Few Doors West of Hope, published by the Homosexual Information Center. (Information on HIC can be found on the website;

His ashes were scattered in the rose garden at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, North Hollywood, California.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 14682-14683). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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