“105 years of Fox” (1915-1923) Never completely recovering from a minor operation, one of three acting brothers William Farnum (1876-1953) who’s fame eclipsed older brother a legendary western star Dustin and younger brother Marshall a Director who died of tuberculosis at age 37, would see his starring career wiped out at its peak. Born into a family of actors in Boston, his parents encouraged a theatrical career for himself and older brother Dustin. His acting career began at age 12 on the stage and included his greatest success as Judah “Ben-Hur” opposite future silent screen cowboy William S. Hart as Messala. A decade later when he came to movies, he was well known on the stage for “The Littlest Rebel" as well as a great tragedian playing Shakespeare, notably his Mark Antony oration from "Julius Caesar." Following Dustin to Hollywood where he made a name for himself in DeMille's “The Squaw Man” at the same time William made his movie debut in the popular western, “The Spoilers.” Star-making thanks to its climactic barroom brawl which lasted for a reel, Farnum was signed by new studio Fox quickly becoming one of the studios top stars and a matinee idol. “A Tale of Two Cities”, “Les Miserables” and “If I Were King” all prestige hits resulted in Farnum earning a record breaking $10,000 per week. In amongst these hits were popular westerns based on Zane Grey novels, “The Rainbow Trail”, “The Lone Star Ranger” and “The Last of the Duane’s.” A Top 10 box-office star in 16&17, both Hart and Mix at Fox would enjoy even greater success. At the end of his Fox contract while making "The Man Who Fights Alone" he suffered an injury. Going to New York for a minor operation he never fully recovered. While rehearsing “The Buccaneer” for Broadway he collapsed in a wheel chair for a time, forced to leave show business. His return to films was due to his fortune being wiped out by “the crash” of 1929. Well cast in the Rogers smash “A Connecticut Yankee”, he remained a busy character actor in “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “Cleopatra”, “Samson and Delilah”, “Lone Star” among many B’s. Never regaining his great fame or glory of the silent era he was always a star.