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Also Known As: Jameel Farah, Jameel Joseph Farah, Jameel Farah Died:
Born: July 1, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toledo, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, director

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Nobody but nobody would ever have predicted that a hirsute, hook-nosed, son of a grocer from Toledo, OH, would some day become internationally famous for parading around in dresses and flowered hats. But that was the story of actor Jamie Farr (neé Jameel Farah), known the world over for his portrayal of cross-dressing Corporal Klinger on the hit TV series M*A*S*H (CBS, 1972-1983) for 11 years. There was a timeless comedic appeal to this cigar-chomping, bowlegged guy in heels, but Farr himself brought the character a human depth that served to both heighten and offer relief from the surrounding horrors of the Korean War. The actor was gregarious with a large personality both onscreen and off, and whether he was in the 4077th O.R., trading wits, on a game show, or hosting a golf tournament, he always seemed like he was having the greatest time of his life. It turns out he was, and he always encouraged others to follow suit.

Nobody but nobody would ever have predicted that a hirsute, hook-nosed, son of a grocer from Toledo, OH, would some day become internationally famous for parading around in dresses and flowered hats. But that was the story of actor Jamie Farr (neé Jameel Farah), known the world over for his portrayal of cross-dressing Corporal Klinger on the hit TV series M*A*S*H (CBS, 1972-1983) for 11 years. There was a timeless comedic appeal to this cigar-chomping, bowlegged guy in heels, but Farr himself brought the character a human depth that served to both heighten and offer relief from the surrounding horrors of the Korean War. The actor was gregarious with a large personality both onscreen and off, and whether he was in the 4077th O.R., trading wits, on a game show, or hosting a golf tournament, he always seemed like he was having the greatest time of his life. It turns out he was, and he always encouraged others to follow suit.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Fearless Tiger (1992)
3.
 Speed Zone (1989) 2nd Cannonballer
4.
 Curse II: The Bite (1989) Harry
5.
 Scrooged (1988) Jacob Marley
6.
 Run Till You Fall (1988) Michael Reuben
7.
 Happy Hour (1987) Crummy Fred Mullins
8.
 Masterpiece Of Murder, A (1986) Himself
9.
 Combat High (1986) Colonel Frierick
10.
 Cannonball Run II (1984) Sheik
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Milestones close milestones

1954:
TV debut, guest on episode of NBC sitcom "Dear Phoebe"
1955:
Feature film debut (billed as Jameel Farah), "The Blackboard Jungle"
1957:
Served in US Army
1965:
First film billed as Jamie Farr, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
1971:
TV series debut as regular in the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Chicago Teddy Bears"
1972:
Made guest appearance as Corporal Max Klinger on "M*A*S*H" (CBS)
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Became series regular as Cpl. Klinger on "M*A*S*H"
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Made frequent appearances as panelist on the syndicated game show "The Cross-Wits" and also on "The $1.98 Beauty Pageant" and "The Gong Show"
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Reprised role of Klinger on CBS sitcom "AfterMASH"
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Made Broadway debut as Nathan Detroit in the Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls"
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Education

Columbia College: -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

Notes

He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ohio in 1983

In 1998, a park in his hometown of Toledo was named in his honor.

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wife:
Joy Ann Richards. Model; clothing manufacturer. Married on February 16, 1963.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Samuel N Farah. Grocer.
mother:
Jamelia Farah. Seamstress.
son:
Jonas Samuel Farr. Born c. 1969.
daughter:
Yvonne Elizabeth Rose Farr. Born c. 1972.
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