Bill Farrell, 82, died Saturday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. An original "Marlboro Man" and trainer of Olympic gold medal wrestlers, he had a stroke nine days earlier.
Bill Farrell with his wife Lorraine, left, and daughter Leigh, right, at his induction into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame in 2010. “Bill was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1985 as a distinguished member for his contributions to the sport” the Hall of Fame said in an official statement. “In 2007, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling presented him with the lifetime achievement award, in which they stated that no other person has had a more positive effect on the Olympic sport of wrestling."
Bill Farrell, far left in the back row, is shown with the 1972 Olympic freestyle wrestling team.
Bill Farrell is shown as the Marlboro man in this 1957 ad.
BILL FARRELL, OLYMPIC WRESTLING COACH
Bill Farrell, the head coach of the 1972 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, died on June 14, 2012. Farrell, seen left in a photo with George Allen of the Washington Redskins, also served as deputy mayor of Centre Island and was a business owner in Ronkonkoma. He was an original “Marlboro Man” in advertisements and appeared on “The Tonight Show.”
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Bill Farrell, left, with Bob Hope in this undated photo.