Farrell, who died July 6, “was inspired to serve his union by the joint AFTRA and SAG commercials strike of 1979;” the guild said today. “He understood the inherent problems with the crossover in jurisdictions between the unions, allowing producers to shop contracts. At AFTRA’s 1989 convention, he encouraged the further exploration of merger.” The two unions merged in 2012.
He joined AFTRA in 1955 and SAG the following year. He worked as an actor, voice-over artist and narrator in television films, commercials and industrial films and as a writer of hundreds of TV and radio spot commercials.
Farrell gained notoriety in