Timothy Farrell Movies and Career Information

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Cancer
Jun 26, 1922
Los Angeles
Actor

Timothy Farrell, (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. Farrell's career was notable for its recurring characters: He went on

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