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Farnsworth Is Oldest Actor Nominee

February 15, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Richard Farnsworth, a 79-year-old former stuntman, became the oldest actor to get an Academy Award nomination today, for his role in ``The Straight Story.″

``It feels a lot better because I’m getting up there in age and might not have a chance again,″ the actor said in an interview from his longhorn cattle ranch in Lincoln, N.M.

His best actor nomination gives the field a generation gap. Another nominee, 11-year-old Haley Joel Osment, is the third-youngest nominated. (``Titanic″ star Gloria Stewart was the oldest actress to get a nomination at 87.)

It was the second nomination for Farnsworth, who was nominated for the 1977 film ``Comes a Horseman.″

The Los Angeles native was a stuntman for more than 30 years who moved into acting, appearing in ``The Grey Fox,″ ``The Natural,″ ``Tom Horn,″ ``Resurrection,″ ``Rhinestone Cowboy″ and ``Anne of Green Gables.″

If he wins the Oscar, he said, ``I’ve got a good spot for it here.″

The actor lives in a small town he calls ``Billy the Kidd country.″ He got up at 4 a.m. and brewed some coffee to watch the Oscar nominations announcement on TV a half-hour later.

``I had to see it,″ Farnsworth said, and when they called his name, ``I let out a war hoop, naturally. I was sweating it out.″

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