He was an American football player who played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League NFL. He played college football for UCLA.
Farr graduated from Hebert High School in 1963, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track.
He was named All-State in football and track and All-District in basketball.
Farr is part of a family full of professional football players. He is the younger brother of former AFL and NFL player Miller Farr as well as the father of former NFL players Mel Farr, Jr. and Mike Farr, who both attended UCLA.
He married Linda Johnson Rice, the adopted daughter of the late publisher, John H. Johnson of Ebony Magazine in 2004.
The couple divorced in 2009. Farr married his longtime girlfriend, Jasmine Rozier, in 2013.
His daughter Monet said that Farr was showing signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy before his death.