Mike Farrell
American Actor
Mike Farrell
Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, on the television series M*A*S*H (1975–83). He is an activist for political causes. Farrell was a producer of Patch Adams (1998) starring Robin Williams, and has starred on the television series Providence (1999–2002). He appeared as Milton Lang, the father of Victor Lang, husband of Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives (2007–2008).
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The 722: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Statement On Trump's 'Muslim Ban'
Huffington Post - 24 days
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) fervently condemns the so-called "Muslim Ban" disgrace capriciously imposed by Donald Trump. Nothing could be further from the democratic ideals of American freedom, liberty, generosity, compassion, sympathy and empathy. Trump and his bigotry-spewing advisors have been revealed to be what they tragically are; wretchedly bereft, on an international scale, of these very same democratic ideals of national virtue. Barring human beings, especially war ravaged refugees, from entry to America based solely upon their "wrong choice" of practicing the Islamic religious faith is bitterly anathema to not merely the American way, but the Human Way. It is deplorable. It is disgraceful. It is un-American. It is inhuman. It is illegal. It must not be allowed to stand. MRFF presently represents 722 proud Muslim-American members of the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force. They are military pilots, gunners, Rangers, submariners, doctor ...
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Actor Mike Farrell has relentlessly fought to end the death penalty. Is this his year?
LATimes - 4 months
Essential Politics: Bloomberg supports raising tobacco tax in California, Alarcon is not campaigning for Congress Oct. 13, 2016, 10:33 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
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Actor Mike Farrell has relentlessly fought to end the death penalty. Is this his year?
LATimes - 4 months
Essential Politics: Bloomberg supports raising tobacco tax in California, Alarcon is not campaigning for Congress Oct. 13, 2016, 10:33 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
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Actor Mike Farrell has relentlessly fought to end the death penalty. Is this his year?
LATimes - 4 months
Essential Politics: Bloomberg supports raising tobacco tax in California, Alarcon is not campaigning for Congress Oct. 13, 2016, 10:46 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
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Actor Mike Farrell has relentlessly fought to end the death penalty. Is this his year?
LATimes - 4 months
Essential Politics: Bloomberg supports raising tobacco tax in California, Alarcon is not campaigning for Congress Oct. 13, 2016, 10:46 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
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Actor Mike Farrell has relentlessly fought to end the death penalty. Is this his year?
LATimes - 4 months
Essential Politics: Bloomberg supports raising tobacco tax in California, Alarcon is not campaigning for Congress Oct. 13, 2016, 10:33 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Farrell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 75
    In 2014 he was a supporting cast member on the Sundance TV Network criminal drama series "The Red Road".
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  • 2011
    Age 72
    Farrell continued to stay in touch or to have dinner with his on-screen commanding officer, until Morgan's death on December 7, 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 70
    Farrell and Minoff's professional partnership lasted more than twenty-five years, until Minoff's death in November 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 68
    Farrell wrote an autobiography, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist (ISBN 1933354089), published in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The book covers his working-class childhood in West Hollywood, his break into show business, his personal life, and his increasing involvement in politics and the human rights movement in the United States, Cambodia, and Latin America. His second book, "Of Mule and Man," is a journal of his five-week, 9,000-mile drive around the U.S. to promote the paperback edition of his first book.
  • 2006
    Age 67
    In 2006, Farrell appeared with Jello Biafra and Keith Gordon in the documentary Whose War?, examining the U.S. role in the Iraq War.
    More Details Hide Details He also serves on the advisory board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
    Even before he was well-known, Farrell was an activist for many political and social causes. He was co-chair of the California Human Rights Watch for ten years, was on the Board of Advisors of the original Cult Awareness Network, and has been president of Death Penalty Focus for more than ten years, being the first person to be awarded its Human Rights Award, subsequently named after him in 2006.
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  • 2002
    Age 63
    Farrell has been active in the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002 he was elected first vice president of the Guild in Los Angeles and served in the post for three years.
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  • 2001
    Age 62
    He received PETA's Humanitarian Award in 2001, and narrated a public service campaign for them about animal abuse.
    More Details Hide Details In 1985, Farrell was in Central America, helping refugees from the civil war in El Salvador. A guerrilla commander, Nidia Diaz, had been taken prisoner. She needed surgery, but no Salvadoran doctor dared to help her, so Amnesty International recruited a foreign doctor. Farrell was present as an observer, but was in his words, "shanghaied into assisting with the surgery" when the doctor said his help was needed. The in-prison surgery was successful and Diaz went on to be one of the signatories of the Chapultepec Peace Accords (the peace treaty ending the war). She also served in the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador and in the Central American Parliament.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 60
    In 1999 Farrell was given the part of veterinarian Jim Hansen, the father of the lead character Dr. Sydney Hansen, portrayed by Melina Kanakaredes, on the NBC-TV melodrama series Providence.
    More Details Hide Details In his portrayal of Sydney's father, Farrell played opposite Concetta Tomei, who portrayed his wife, Lynda Hansen. Tomei's character died during the first episode of the series, but continued to appear as a ghost/memory in vignettes of later episodes. Farrell appeared in 64 of the 96 episodes.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 49
    Farrell and Minoff also executive produced two feature films during their partnership, Dominick and Eugene, a 1988 Orion Pictures film which earned actor Tom Hulce a Golden Globe nomination for best actor.
    More Details Hide Details The pair also produced 1998's Patch Adams starring Robin Williams.
  • 1985
    Age 46
    In 1985 Farrell partnered with film and television producer Marvin Minoff to create Farrell/Minoff Productions, a production company.
    More Details Hide Details Together, Farrell and Minoff produced numerous television movies.
  • 1984
    Age 45
    On December 31, 1984, he married actress Shelley Fabares.
    More Details Hide Details Her sister "gave her away" at her marriage to him.
  • 1983
    Age 44
    In 1983 Farrell starred in the movie Memorial Day.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 36
    Farrell's big break came in 1975 when Wayne Rogers unexpectedly departed M*A*S*H at the end of the third season.
    More Details Hide Details Farrell was quickly recruited for the newly created role of B.J. Hunnicutt, along with co-series' lead, Harry Morgan, who replaced McLean Stevenson, also at the end of the third season, opposite Alan Alda. By coincidence, both Morgan and Farrell were big fans of the M*A*S*H series during its early seasons before they both joined the cast, with Morgan having also appeared as "General Bartford Hamilton Steele" in the season-three episode "The General Flipped at Dawn" (for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Guest Role in a Primetime Comedy Series). Farrell stayed with the series for its remaining eight years on the air. During that time, he wrote five episodes and directed four. His favorite episode is “The Interview.” In a recent interview, Farrell discussed the byplay between his M*A*S*H co-stars David Ogden Stiers and Harry Morgan: "David was like a rock, when he was concentrating, when he was being Charles Emerson Winchester III, you just couldn't get him, except for Harry Morgan. Harry could look at David and reduce him to a puddle of tears without turning an eye. David said, 'When he Harry looks at me and flares those nostrils; and he would be gone,' it would be such a wonderful thing to see this great big guy just reduced to a giggling idiot by Harry. Unfortunately, all I can do is to tell you, we had great fun doing the show; and much of it was laughing at some silly gag that one of us had pulled on the others."
  • 1973
    Age 34
    In 1973, while under contract to Universal Studios, Farrell starred with Robert Foxworth in The Questor Tapes.
    More Details Hide Details During the years under contract, he guest starred in a number of shows, including Banacek, Marcus Welby, M.D., and The New Land; and starred in a television pilot with Jane Wyman, one which did not sell. Farrell also had a cameo role in the 1967 classic The Graduate. In the early 1970s, Farrell guest starred in the television western drama Bonanza.
  • 1971
    Age 32
    In 1971, he played the assistant to Anthony Quinn in ABC's The Man and the City.
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  • 1970
    Age 31
    In 1970, he starred as one of the young doctors in the CBS prime-time series The Interns, in a cast led by Broderick Crawford.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 29
    In 1968, he originated the continuing role of Scott Banning in the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.
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  • 1963
    Age 24
    In August 1963, Farrell married actress Judy Hayden, who was working as a high school English and drama teacher in Laguna Beach, California. They were separated in 1980 and divorced in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, Michael and Erin. On M*A*S*H, Hunnicutt's daughter also was named Erin. Also on M*A*S*H, in the episode 'The Colonel's Horse', Hunnicutt's father-in-law is Floyd Hayden, Hayden coincidentally being the maiden name of Farrell's wife, Judy. Judy Farrell also worked on M*A*S*H from 1976-1983 as Nurse Able, one of the few nurses with a recurring role.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Age 0
    Born on February 6, 1939.
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