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Also Known As: Michael Farrell Died:
Born: February 6, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA Profession: producer, actor, screenwriter, director, activist

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After years of yeoman work as a guest star on television series and commercials in the 1960s, actor Mike Farrell earned his most memorable role as the affable Captain B.J. Hunnicut on "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), which he joined in 1975 and remained with until its historic final episode in 1983. Farrell returned to guest-starring roles in the years after "M*A*S*H," as well as formed his own production company, which yielded several notable TV and feature films, including "Patch Adams" (1998). His genial nature belied his status as one of Hollywood's most fiercely committed political activists.

After years of yeoman work as a guest star on television series and commercials in the 1960s, actor Mike Farrell earned his most memorable role as the affable Captain B.J. Hunnicut on "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), which he joined in 1975 and remained with until its historic final episode in 1983. Farrell returned to guest-starring roles in the years after "M*A*S*H," as well as formed his own production company, which yielded several notable TV and feature films, including "Patch Adams" (1998). His genial nature belied his status as one of Hollywood's most fiercely committed political activists.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Run Till You Fall (1988) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Locusts (2005)
3.
 Sins of the Mind (1997) William Widener
4.
 Vows of Deception (1996) Clay Spencer
5.
6.
 Silent Motive (1991) Detective Paul Trella
7.
 Whereabouts of Jenny, The (1991) Robert Van Zandt
8.
 Incident At Dark River (1989) Tim Mcfall
9.
 Deadly Silence, A (1989) Paul Gianelli
10.
 Vanishing Act (1986) Harry Kenyon
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Milestones close milestones

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Served in Marine Corps
1961:
Made professional acting debut in Los Angeles theatre production of "Rain"
1963:
Had early TV work on episode of "McHale's Navy" (ABC)
1964:
Made feature film debut, "Captain Newman, M.D."
1968:
Played Scott Banning on soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
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Was regular on "The New Interns" (CBS)
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Co-starred with Anthony Quinn in "Man and the City" (ABC)
1972:
Made TV movie acting debut, "The Longest Night" (ABC)
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Played B.J. Hunnicutt on "M*A*S*H"; also directed and wrote episodes of CBS series beginning in 1979
1982:
Executive produced documentary, "Citizen: The Political Life of Allard K. Lowenstein"
1985:
Formed production company with Marvin Minoff
1988:
Directed TV movie "Run Till You Fall" (CBS)
1988:
Produced feature film "Dominick and Eugene"
1991:
Starred in and produced the Lifetime TV-movie "Silent Motive"
1997:
Executive produced and starred in the USA Network film "Sins of the Mind"
1998:
Served as one of the producers on the hit film "Patch Adams"
1998:
Returned to series TV as regular on the NBC drama "Providence"; played the heroine's father
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Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
Orange Coast College: Costa Mesa , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Jeff Corey Workshop: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Farrell called his casting as B.J. Hunnicutt on "M*A*S*H" "the most important event in my career."--PEOPLE, April 15, 1991

"Watching television periodically offends me. TV tends to dehumanize, sensationalize and exploit rather than inform or entertain in a hopeful way."--Farrell to PEOPLE, April 15, 1991

Farrell has been active in Greenpeace, The Tree People, the ACLU, Amnesty International, the Special Olympics, the United Farm Workers, and is the American spokesperson for CONCERN, which dispatches teams to assist in refugee emergencies throughout the world.

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wife:
Judy Farrell. Divorced; married Joe Bratcher after divorce.
wife:
Shelley Fabares. Actor. Married in 1984; began dating c. 1982; born in 1942.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joe Farrell. Studio carpenter.
mother:
Agnes Farrell.
sister:
Sally Farrell.
sister:
Kathy Farrell.
brother:
Jim Farrell.
son:
Michael Josh Farrell. Born c. 1970; mother, Judy Farrell.
daughter:
Erin Farrell. Born c. 1973; mother, Judy Farrell.
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