If you were a big fan of M*A*S*H then you likely remember Mike Farrell since he was at one point one of the most popular characters on the show. Despite the fact that after the show his career did continue forward the program was his one big claim to fame that a lot of people will likely remember since it was such an influential show during its time and was actually lamented when it went off the air finally. He’s been a busy man ever since the end of the show and has done plenty of things that are off camera but it would seem that anytime someone mentions the role this is how he’s going to be remembered. It might seem a sad commentary but in truth there’s nothing sad about it since some actors are known for doing many things during their career and some hit such a high point with one role that it follows them the rest of their life.
Here are a few things you might not have known about him.
10. He was in M*A*S*H.
Captain B.J. Hunnicutt was one of the funniest and most engaging people on the show and it was tough for everyone to say goodbye since this had been the kind of show that a lot of people really identified with and were sad to see go. It was an emotional time for the actors and for the fans, and even now some people can look back and remember the show fondly.
9. He’s a fairly tall man.
Mike stands at 6’3″ so he’s well above the average and is even above those that are considered to be kind of tall. Anyone that stands at this height and taller can be considered to tower over a lot of people since it does seem as though they kind of dwarf a lot of individuals.
8. He works with Greenpeace.
Farrell hasn’t been idle in his time and he hasn’t stopped acting, but he has taken time out to contribute to causes that he believes in since he is quite active when it comes to displaying his values and what he believes to be important in this world.
7. He was a US Marine.
A lot of us have heard the saying ‘no such thing as a former Marine’ and it’s agreed that such a thing is very true. But after so long of being out of service the soul of a Marine is still forged in fire but the flesh is typically anything but hardened any longer. Still, those that served deserve the respect they earned.
6. His first wife was on M*A*S*H with him.
She played various nurses that would come in and out on the show occasionally. It’s not certain whether she was trying to kick off her own acting career or increase her reputation or if they just needed extras at that time.
5. His mustache on the show was Alan Alda’s idea.
Mike has been clean shaven for a lot of his roles as this seems to be what he prefers, but Alda, one of his best friends, decided to convince him that Hunnicutt needed a mustache for some reason. It does kind of add to the character in a way to be perfectly honest.
4. He formed his own production company in 1985.
Mike has never been one to just rest on his laurels it seems as he created his own business, which is still around today. This kind of proves that among many actors he had the foresight to do something that would afford him a nice living should he ever find himself leaving show business.
3. He’s an animal rights activist.
He’s definitely passionate when it comes to standing up for what he believes in and has continued to do so throughout the years by giving voice to certain concerns that he and others have with the supposedly unjust treatment of animals.
2. He did a number of commercials when he was younger.
His acting career was already starting to take off when he did these commercials but the added exposure was something that helped out a bit since getting your face on the TV as much as possible is almost always bound to help when you’re attempting to get people to like you.
1. He had several jobs before taking on an acting career.
Like a few people Mike had to rely on himself when it came to paying the bills and had a few jobs that he worked before he decided to become a serious actor. This is actually very heartening to be perfectly honest since it means that no matter what a lot of actors started out humble like other folks and can hopefully remember those times and be grateful for what they have.
It’s enough to say that he was one of the funniest guys on M*A*S*H, and has probably become one of the most successful since the show’s been over.