Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell


2/6/1939, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Birth Name

Michael Joseph Farrell



Also Known As

Mike Joseph Farrell, Michael Farrell
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Mike, one of a carpenter's four children, was only two years old when he moved with his family to Los Angeles after his father was offered a lucrative job at a movie studio. Mike caught the acting bug at an early age and was soon acting in high…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Mike appeared in a documentary called Whose War?, which talked about the war in Iraq.

    • Mike is the co-chairman of Human Rights Watch in California.

    • Mike attended West Hollywood Grammar School with Natalie Wood and Ricky Nelson.

    • Mike is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    • Mike helps out with an organization called Greenpeace.

    • Mike is represented by the Innovative Artists.

    • Mike married Judy Farrell on August 18, 1963 and later divorced in 1983.

    • Mike wrote a book called "Just Call Me Mike: My Journey from Actor to Activist" in 2007.

    • Mike is 6 feet 3 inches tall.

    • Farrell and Marvin Minoff formed "Farrell/Minoff Productions" in the late 1980s. Their first production was Dominick and Eugene. One of their better known movies was Patch Adams, which starred Robin Williams.

    • Farrell was elected the Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles in 2002. He served for three years.

    • One of Farrell's hobbies is cross-country motorcycling. He has ridden his motorcycle all the way across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

    • Farrell's family moved to Hollywood, California when he was two years old.

    • Here is a list of all of the awards Farrell has won: The First Annual Mike Farrell Human Rights Award DPG on April 19, 2006; Tavel-Resnick Award October 14, 2005; Donald Wright Award in 2004; Honorary Doctorate of Public Service at Notre Dame de Namur in 2004; Artivist Award for Human Rights Advocacy in 2004; ACLU of Southern CA 2003 Garden Party Award in 2003; 2002 Gabriel Award for Personal Achievement in 2002; 2002 Gleitsman Foundation Citizen Activist Award; Louis M. Brown Conflict Preventing Award; Board of Director's Award; Role Model Award; Inaugural AKA Role Model Award; Humanitarian Award; Valentine Davies Award; Namaste Award; Doctor of Humane Letters; Michael Doheny Humanitarian Award; Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award; Golden Bell Award; Partner's Award; Earl Warren Civil Liberties Awards; Abolitionist Award; Upton Sinclair Award; The Christopher Award.

    • Farrell recieved The First Annual Mike Farrell Human Rights Award on April 19, 2006. It was presented to Farrell by the Death Penalty Focus.

    • Farrell's religion is Roman Catholic.

    • Farrell attended Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California.

    • On M*A*S*H, Farrell grew a moustache at the beginning of the seventh season after Alan Alda suggested that he do so. Instead of shaving it off after a few episodes, he kept it for the rest of the series.

    • Farrell was on California's Commission on Judicial Performance for a little over three years. He began on February 2, 1998, and ended his time on the commision on February 28, 2001.

    • Farrell's father, Joe Farrell, was a carpenter who died in 1956. Joe worked as a Hollywood carpenter, building sets for various movies.

    • Farrell co-hosted a Saving the Wildlife special with Loretta Swit, a fellow M*A*S*H cast member.

    • Farrell is currently active in human rights issues.

    • Farrell attended the the Los Angeles City College. It was there that he began to take dramatic arts seriously.

    • Farrell married Shelley Fabares on December 31, 1984.

    • Farrell was in the Marines Corp for two years.

  • Quotes

    • Mike Farrell: (On the final episode of M*A*S*H) It was one of the hardest things I've ever done as an actor, because there were times when it wasn't appropriate to be crying.

    • Mike Farrell: I think it's appropriate for the international community in situations like this to intervene in Kosovo. I am in favor of an intervention. On some level, you have to say that at least somebody is doing something.

    • Mike Farrell: (Talking about first joining M*A*S*H.) I began to sweat at the [thought] that if this show fails in the fourth season, I'm going to wear it around my neck for the rest of my life: the guy who sank "M*A*S*H.

  • mike farrell played captain BJ Hunicut in M*A*S*H as well as playing in other shows and movies, not to mention he also did voiceography for a number of shows including Superman:animated seriesmoreless

    i really liked mike as BJ Hunicut in M*A*S*H even though he was only there from season 4 up to 11. He was a great friend to Hawkeye and i definately liked him a lot better than trapper. BJ and Hawkeye were a perfect stand up comedy act, they were more a less a perfect tag team of pranksters. i heard that the guy playing trapper left because he didnt want to be a second banana to Hawkeye but not mike, mike almost made it seem like that role was an honour, actually more like they were both equal, even though we knew Hawk's the main guy. Mike is such a good sport and a really good actor. i think that his acting reflects his personality and he is a charmer, a family man, and a good friend.moreless
  • good actor

    I really like this actor, He waas a good second hand banana to Hawkeye, better in some ways than Trapper because tho, he had disregard for the military, he never had disregard for his wife, I have liked his later roles as well.. He is a good man not afraid to stand for his values