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Lee Farr
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Farr in a network publicity photo for the 1967 episode of The Invaders titled "Doomsday Minus One"
Leon Farb

(1927-04-10)April 10, 1927
DiedMarch 23, 2017(2017-03-23) (aged 89)
Resting place Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
(m. 1949;div. 1955)

Lee Farr (born Leon Farb; April 10, 1927 – March 23, 2017) was an American actor best known for his starring role as Lt. Jimmy Conway in the television series The Detectives during the 1950s and 1960s. [1]


Early years

Farr was born Leon Farb in New York on April 10, 1927, to Rose ( née Draisin) Farb and Jacob Farb, a photographer. [1] He was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Boys High School in the borough's Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood. [1] He enlisted in the United States Navy before enrolling at Penn State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in geophysics. [1] While at Penn State, he took some acting courses and acted in school plays. [2]


Farr began his career as a geologist before transitioning to acting.

He appeared in The Detectives'' first season. [3] His other television work from the 1950 to the 1970s also included appearances on Perry Mason , Bonanza , Lassie , Mission: Impossible , The Rifleman , Laramie , Trackdown and M Squad . [1] His film credits included Thundering Jets in 1958, Tarawa Beachhead in 1958, Lone Texan in 1959, and Gunfighters of Abilene in 1960. [1]


Farr died from cancer at his home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2017, at the age of 89. [1] He was survived by his daughter, Denise Farr (wife of actor Don Gordon), whom he had with his first wife, actress Felicia Farr. He was predeceased by his sister, Lottie Kelban, and his half-brothers, Abe Caroff and Dave Caroff. [1]


1958 The True Story of Lynn Stuart BenUncredited
1958 Thundering Jets Capt. Murphy
1958 Tarawa Beachhead Sgt. Anderson – Marine PhotographerUncredited
1959 Lone Texan Riff
1959 Gunfighters of Abilene Jud Hainline

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  2. Handte, Jerry (January 7, 1960). "Will Rocks Spoil Farr's TV Success?". Binghamton Press. New York, Binghamton. p. 38. Retrieved December 1, 2017 via Newspapers.com. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
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