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Mike Farrell



Born February 6, 1939 in Minnesota, Mike Farrell was two years old when his family moved to LA; his father, a carpenter, had just gotten a lucrative movie-studio job. Exposed to showbiz from an early age, Farrell began acting in high school plays, hoping to pursue the theatre as a career. He was forced to put his thespic urges on the back burner during his hitch with the U.S. Marines, but upon being discharged he attended drama courses at Los Angeles City College and UCLA, and also studied at the Jeff Corey Workshop. He made his professional debut in a 1961 stage production of Rain, then spent several years playing bits in such films as Captain Newman MD (1963), The Graduate (1967) and Targets (1968). His first real break came in 1968, when he was cast as architect Scott Banning on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Two years later, he put his John Hancock on a contract with Universal, playing supporting roles in such prime-times series as The Interns (1969) and Man and the City (1971).



Unhappy with the type of roles offered him by his studio, Farrell asked for and received his release in 1975 when the opportunity came to audition for the popular sitcom M*A*S*H. Wayne Rogers had just left that top-rated series, leaving an opening in the category of "Hawkeye's Best Friend." Farrell read for the assignment, hit it off immediately with M*A*S*H leading-man Alan Alda (something Rogers had never been able to do), and was cast as wise-cracking army surgeon B. J. Hunnicutt, a role he'd fill until the series' final episode in 1983. Like Alda, Farrell directed several M*A*S*H episodes; also like Alda, he was a dedicated political and social activist, devoted to such causes as gay rights and prevention of child and spousal abuse. Since M*A*S*H's demise, Farrell has chosen to cut down on his acting appearances, preferring to direct; in addition to his series-TV work as director, he has also helmed the 1988 TV movie Run Till You Fall. In 1988, he co-produced the critically acclaimed theatrical feature Dominick and Eugene with Marvin Minoff , and reunited with Minoff to co-produce the 1998 drama Patch Adams.



Though Farrell has guest starred in a number of television shows throughout the 1980s, 90s and 2000s (among them include Murder, She Wrote, Justice League, Matlock, and Desparate Housewives), his most significant television role since M.A.S.H was perhaps that of veterinarian Jim Hansen, whom he portrayed in the NBC drama Providence (1999 - 2002).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet A Fall From Freedom
  • Narrator
2014
No Score Yet Valentino's Ghost
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Unlikely Friends
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Superman: Brainiac Attacks
  • Jonathan Kent
2006
No Score Yet Out at the Wedding
  • Louis Houston
2006
No Score Yet The Clinic
  • Dr. Gachet
2004
No Score Yet The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron
  • Ken Lay
2003
No Score Yet The Jesus Experience: Christianity Around the World
  • Actor
2002
22% Patch Adams
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet On a Collision Course with Earth
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Sins of the Mind
  • William Widener
1997
No Score Yet Vows of Deception (Deadly Seduction)(Tangled Web)
  • Clay Spencer
1996
No Score Yet Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Silent Motive
  • Det. Trella
1991
No Score Yet Dark River - A Father's Revenge
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Lockdown
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Incident at Dark River
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Price of the Bride
  • Joe Roth
1989
No Score Yet A Deadly Silence
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet UFO ... The Unsolved Mystery
  • Actor
1989
100% Dominick and Eugene
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet Vanishing Act
  • Harry Kenyon
1988
No Score Yet Hanged on a Twisted Cross: The Life, Convictions and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Private Sessions
  • Dr. Joe Braden
1985
No Score Yet Memorial Day
  • Matt Walker
1983
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - Goodbye, Farewell, Amen
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Prime Suspect
  • Frank Staplin
1982
No Score Yet Damien: The Leper Priest
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Battered
  • Michael Hawks
1978
No Score Yet Doomsday Machine (Escape from Planet Earth)
  • Actor
1972
88% Targets
  • Man in Phone Booth
1968
No Score Yet Panic in the City
  • Dick Blaine
1968
89% The Graduate
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Escape from Planet Earth
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - V. 5
  • Actor
No Score Yet Battered
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Milton Lang
0% Miami Medical
2010
  • Carl Willis
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Bill Jett
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Ross Baldwin
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jonah Malcolm

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