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Richard Farnsworth was a stuntman for 30 years before he started his career as an actor. He is best known for his performance in The Grey Fox (1982).
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for which he was nominated
for a Golden Globe; the miniseries The Fire Next Time (1993); and a
leading turn in Best Friends for Life (1998).
After a number of relatively minor roles in largely disappointing films, including Highway to Hell (1992), Lassie (1994), and The Getaway (1994), starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Farnsworth emerged with his most acclaimed performance yet, in The Straight Story (1999), directed by David Lynch and co-starring Sissy Spacek. For his portrayal of Alvin Straight, an Iowa man who in 1994 drove a lawnmower several hundred miles to visit his estranged, ailing brother. the 79-year-old Farnsworth earned a Golden Globe nod as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, becoming the oldest actor ever to be nominated in that category.
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