, (June 26, 1922 – May 9, 1989) real name Timothy Sperl
, was an American film actor, best known for his roles in the Edward D. Wood, Jr.
films Jail Bait
, The Violent Years
, and Glen or Glenda
. In the latter film, he plays a doctor who patiently explains to a police detective that there is no shame or scandal in crossdressing, thus providing the contextual backdrop for Wood's story-within-the-story about his own double life as a transvestite.
Farrell led a double life himself, working as a bailiff for the Los Angeles
Marshal's Department while also working in sleazy low-budget movies.
In 1948 he portrayed a doctor in the film Test Tube Babies
, a similar role to that in the subsequent Glen or Glenda
. He patiently explained to a young couple that there is no shame or scandal in test-tube fertilization. Both films were produced by George Weiss
who used Farrell in a string of lurid exploitation films in the '50s.
In 1951, Farrell, along with everyone else on the film set of "Paris After Midnight", was swept up in a police vice raid, which caused him professional embarrassment with his courtroom career.
Notable Farrell Characters
Farrell's career was notable for its recurring characters:
- He made three low-budget exploitation movies for George Weiss in which he played the part of sleazy gymnasium owner Umberto Scalli. These films, largely a vehicle for female-wrestling footage, include Devil's Sleep, Racket Girls, and Dance Hall......