Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

  • Highest Rated: 88% Targets (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% Patch Adams (1998)
  • Birthday: Feb 6, 1939
  • Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Born February 6, 1939 in Minnesota, Mike Farrell was two years old when his family moved to LA; his father, a carpenter, had just gotten a lucrative movie-studio job. Exposed to showbiz from an early age, Farrell began acting in high school plays, hoping to pursue the theatre as a career. He was forced to put his thespic urges on the back burner during his hitch with the U.S. Marines, but upon being discharged he attended drama courses at Los Angeles City College and UCLA, and also studied at the Jeff Corey Workshop. He made his professional debut in a 1961 stage production of Rain, then spent several years playing bits in such films as Captain Newman MD (1963), The Graduate (1967) and Targets (1968). His first real break came in 1968, when he was cast as architect Scott Banning on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Two years later, he put his John Hancock on a contract with Universal, playing supporting roles in such prime-times series as The Interns (1969) and Man and the City (1971).Unhappy with the type of roles offered him by his studio, Farrell asked for and received his release in 1975 when the opportunity came to audition for the popular sitcom M*A*S*H. Wayne Rogers had just left that top-rated series, leaving an opening in the category of "Hawkeye's Best Friend." Farrell read for the assignment, hit it off immediately with M*A*S*H leading-man Alan Alda (something Rogers had never been able to do), and was cast as wise-cracking army surgeon B. J. Hunnicutt, a role he'd fill until the series' final episode in 1983. Like Alda, Farrell directed several M*A*S*H episodes; also like Alda, he was a dedicated political and social activist, devoted to such causes as gay rights and prevention of child and spousal abuse. Since M*A*S*H's demise, Farrell has chosen to cut down on his acting appearances, preferring to direct; in addition to his series-TV work as director, he has also helmed the 1988 TV movie Run Till You Fall. In 1988, he co-produced the critically acclaimed theatrical feature Dominick and Eugene with Marvin Minoff , and reunited with Minoff to co-produce the 1998 drama Patch Adams. Though Farrell has guest starred in a number of television shows throughout the 1980s, 90s and 2000s (among them include Murder, She Wrote, Justice League, Matlock, and Desparate Housewives), his most significant television role since M.A.S.H was perhaps that of veterinarian Jim Hansen, whom he portrayed in the NBC drama Providence (1999 - 2002).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary Actor 2018
No Score Yet By All Rights Actor 2017
No Score Yet A Fall From Freedom Narrator 2014
No Score Yet Valentino's Ghost Actor 2013
No Score Yet Unlikely Friends Actor 2012
No Score Yet Superman: Brainiac Attacks Jonathan Kent 2006
No Score Yet Out at the Wedding Louis Houston 2006
No Score Yet The Clinic Dr. Gachet 2004
No Score Yet The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron Ken Lay 2003
No Score Yet The Jesus Experience: Christianity Around the World Actor 2002
22% Patch Adams Producer 1998
No Score Yet On a Collision Course with Earth Actor 1998
No Score Yet Sins of the Mind William Widener 1997
No Score Yet Vows of Deception (Deadly Seduction)(Tangled Web) Clay Spencer 1996
No Score Yet Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Actor 1996
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Actor 1994
No Score Yet Silent Motive Det. Trella 1991
No Score Yet Lockdown Actor 1989
No Score Yet Incident at Dark River Actor 1989
No Score Yet UFO ... The Unsolved Mystery Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Deadly Silence Actor 1989
No Score Yet Price of the Bride Joe Roth 1989
80% Dominick and Eugene Producer 1988
No Score Yet Vanishing Act Harry Kenyon 1988
No Score Yet Hanged on a Twisted Cross: The Life, Convictions and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Actor 1986
No Score Yet Private Sessions Dr. Joe Braden 1985
No Score Yet Memorial Day Matt Walker 1983
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - Goodbye, Farewell, Amen Actor 1983
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Frank Staplin 1982
No Score Yet Damien: The Leper Priest Actor 1980
No Score Yet Battered Michael Hawks 1978
No Score Yet Doomsday Machine (Escape from Planet Earth) Reporter 1972
88% Targets Man in Phone Booth 1968
No Score Yet Panic in the City Dick Blaine 1968
88% The Graduate Actor 1967
No Score Yet Escape from Planet Earth Actor 1967

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

0% Miami Medical
2010
Carl Willis
  • 2010
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Bill Jett
  • 2009
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Ross Baldwin
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Jonah Malcolm
  • 2008
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Milton Lang
  • 2007
  • 2004
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2004
95% Justice League
2004
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Providence
1999-2002
Jim Hansen Dr. Jim Hansen Jim
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
29% The Monroes
1995
Tustin
  • 1995
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Bennett Judge Bennett
  • 1991
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Drew Borden
  • 1990
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Director Screenwriter Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Parsons
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Frank
  • 1974
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Dr. Will Agar
  • 1972
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
Agent Modell
  • 1967

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