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Overview (3)

Born in Toledo, Ohio, USA
Birth NameJameel Joseph Farah
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the most prolific character actors of his time starting with his role of Santini in the Blackboard Jungle (1955). Since then has appeared in iconic shows as the Twilight Zone, the Red Skelton Hour, the Dick Van Dyke Show, the Danny Kaye Show, Hazel, My Three Sons, Ben Casey, The Lucy Show, I Dream of Jeannie, The Andy Griffith Show, My Favorite Martian, F Troop, Get Smart. Gomer Pyle, The Flying Nun, The Blue Knight, Barnaby Jones, The Love Boat, Diagnosis Murder and of course M*A*S*H.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brian Turner

Spouse (1)

Joy Ann Richards (16 February 1963 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His nose. (Frequently the subject of many jokes on M*A*S*H (1972). In one episode Klinger says his nose even has its own serial number).
Thick, nasally voice.

Trivia (27)

Was one of two cast members of the original M*A*S*H (1972) television cast to have actually served in the armed forces in Korea; Farr's tour of duty came in the years after the war. Alan Alda served a six-month tour as a gunnery officer in Korea. In addition, the dogtags Farr wore on the M*A*S*H (1972) set were actually his issued set from his time in the army.
Has an LPGA tournament named in his honor, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic (formerly the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic)
Only son of Samuel, a Lebanese meat cutter and grocer, and Jamelia Farah, a seamstress
Has an older sister, Yvonne.
Graduated from Woodward High School with honors and was named most outstanding student. In addition to writing and acting in two variety shows, he was a member of the Drama Society, class president for three years, feature editor of the school newspaper, president of the radio class, manager of the football and basketball teams and a member of the varsity tennis team.
Attended the Pasadena Playhouse
Worked as a deliveryman for a lithograph company, a post office clerk, an army-surplus store clerk, an airline reservations clerk and an employee at a chinchilla ranch.
Father of son, Jonas Farr, and daughter, Yvonne Farr.
Grandfather of Dorian.
Thought at first the women's wardrobe in his dressing room meant he'd be sharing the room with a woman, but was surprised to learn otherwise. Not wanting to play a cross-dresser in the typical girlish way, he suggested to the producers that his character be manly, but crazy, thinking his clothes and other quirks were normal. The unusual spin worked.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 154. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
His M*A*S*H (1972) character was originally only supposed to be on one episode, but he proved so popular that he returned as a day player, and was finally given a contract in the third season.
As of 2005 was on the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board.
Endorsed the Mars candy bar in the early 80s.
In the later years of M*A*S*H (1972), especially after he took on the role of company clerk when "Radar" (Gary Burghoff) left, he stopped his recurring gag of wearing women's clothes because he didn't want his children being teased about it growing up.
Best remembered by the public for his role as "Corporal (later Sergeant) Max Klinger" on the television series M*A*S*H (1972).
Mentioned by 'Weird Al' Yankovic in the lyrics of the track, "Everything You Know is Wrong", on his "Bad Hair Day" album.
Was in attendance at the "Miracle on Ice" game between the US and the USSR at the Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. He said that there was a ticket available but he ended up on the Russian side surrounded by Soviet dignitaries.
Since the early 1990s he has battled severe rheumatoid arthritis in his hands.
Danny Thomas was said to be his mentor, and had a lot in common with his family.
With the encouragement of Danny Thomas, he chose to become an actor.
Acting mentee of Danny Thomas and Harry Morgan.
Bears a startling resemblance to Al Nesor.
Did television commercials in the late 1970s for Nabisco Triscuits, where he would exclaim "oooo hot, hot, hot!" after taking them out of the oven.
As of the passing of William Christopher in 2016, Farr is the oldest-living M*A*S*H (1972) regular cast member.
Made his film debut in Blackboard Jungle (1955), as did Vic Morrow, Rafael Campos and James Drury.
Anthony Fauci looks just like him.

Personal Quotes (10)

The benefits from stardom as Klinger outweigh any setbacks. It's a double-edged sword. What makes you famous is what interferes with getting other roles. But there are things that never would have happened without M*A*S*H (1972). There certainly would be no Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic.
[on why he did Circus of the Stars (1977)] I looked good in the tights. Plus, I have a thing for a woman in clown makeup.
[asked if he enjoyed wearing womens clothes on M*A*S*H (1972)] I was doing that before the show. It was a delight.
[on what happened to all the dresses after the show ended] I took them home, okay? Is that what you wanted to hear? Actually, all those dresses were mine. I used my own dresses, bras, panties, hats and shoes.
[on Loretta Swit] She was funny and beautiful. A body that just makes a man feel like a real man.
[on playing himself with Rodney Dangerfield in a special] I gave a line reading, and he turned to me and said, "No, you wouldn't say it that way".
[on doing theater] When you leave the theater, you didn't see Klinger, you saw George Burns or you saw Applegate.
[on life after M*A*S*H (1972)] It's a difficult thing to overcome, but I've been quite fortunate. I haven't been out of work, literally since "M*A*S*H" went out of production.
[on the death of his professional on- and off-screen chemistry with Harry Morgan, who played Col. Sherman Potter]: Harry was very special to all of us cast members. Not only was he a wonderful performer that made such a difference ... he was a dear friend to every cast member. He was absolutely a pixie, a gremlin as mischievous as all get out. You couldn't be around Harry for very long without wanting to embrace him and I think our Lord will feel the same way.
[Of Harry Morgan]: Harry was the father figure, he passed away. We've all been through the internet, exchanging our thought about our friend. So meaningful he was to us, as individuals to the show, to the cast. We had so many great stories about him. He was a father figure for us.

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