Unknown Facts Come to Light About Ex-Actor, Mike Farrell

Alan Alda, left, and Farrell star in the very last minutes of the very last M*A*S*H.
Alan Alda, left, and Farrell star in the very last minutes of the very last M*A*S*H.
The late Alex Karras, former Detroit Lion, starred on M*A*S*H
The late Alex Karras, former Detroit Lion, starred on M*A*S*H

Known facts about Farrell

A few natural facts about former actor, Mike Farrell:

He was born February 6, 1939. He stands a robust 6' 3" tall. Farrell is married to Shelly "Johnny Angel" Fabares, who starred as "Mary," on The Donna Reed Show and Craig T. "Coach" Nelson's wife to his character, "Hayden Fox." Mike served in the United States Marine Corps.

Farrell is Alan Alda's best friend in real life and was close to Harry "Col. Potter" Morgan. Mike Farrell's family moved to Hollywood, California, in 1941, where Farrell's father worked as a movie studio carpenter. Mike is of Irsh descent and a devout animal rights activist.

. . . and M*A*S*H just keeps getting more controversial.

M*A*S*H core cast, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Switt, Alan Alda, sitting, William Christopher, Jamie Farrar, and David Ogden Steirs back row.
M*A*S*H core cast, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Switt, Alan Alda, sitting, William Christopher, Jamie Farrar, and David Ogden Steirs back row.

Things change

The replacing of Wayne Rogers, "Trapper John," on the CBS blockbuster hit, M*A*S*H shown on Monday nights, was tough. But it was not in the measuring of how tough finding Rogers' replacement would be. It would be a literal veering-off to a new direction to place a totally-new character in the co-star position with Alan "Hawkeye" Alda to start a new beginning for the M*A*S*H and Alda.

Audiences were, in a way, leaning toward another rogue character like "Trapper," to keep old memories aglow, but producers went with a bold move and got mild-mannered, quiet-spoken Mike Farrell to star as "Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt," to come aboard the CBS favorite Monday night show. And it worked. Not patiently waiting-out to see if Farrell was M*A*S*H material, but almost in one episode.

Enter "B.J. Hunnicutt"

Wayne Rogers, "Trapper John."
Wayne Rogers, "Trapper John."
The late Larry Linville, "Frank Burns."
The late Larry Linville, "Frank Burns."
The late McClean Stepheson,  "Col. Henry Blake"
The late McClean Stepheson, "Col. Henry Blake"
The late Harry Morgan, "Col. Potter."
The late Harry Morgan, "Col. Potter."

Who was your favorite, "Trapper John," or "B.J. Hunnicutt?"

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Farrell's seasoned show business experience shown brightly in his first episode where "Hawkeye," returns to camp from a week of R&R, still hung-over, finds out the shocking news of "Trapper" getting his papers to go home.

As Gary Burghoff, "Radar O'Reilly' said to "Hawkeye" showering still in his uniform, "Yeah, it was weird. 'Trapper,' got his discharge papers, got drunk and ran naked throughout the camp." A true piece of honesty in screenplay writing. As it turns out, Wayne Rogers, who was "Trapper John," would later say to entertainment writers, "My leaving was just a conflict of opinions between Alan and me. That's it."

Today, Rogers is a highly-successful real estate broker home based in California.

I hope that you enjoyed the facts that were available about mysterious former celebrity, Mike Farrell. And if you were not thrilled, I just happened to find out a few more

Unknown Facts Come to Light About Ex-Actor, Mike Farrell

  • Farrell, although blessed with a high I.Q., is terrible at the game of chess.
  • Farrell has been known to get edgy when confronted with a few dogs. Namely the Collie breed.
  • Mike Farrell and Alan Alda were in no way, lovers in the homosexual sense off of the screen.
  • Farrell is a secret lover of poetry and once loved to sit alone on a private beach and write.
  • Mike Farrell despises firearms. This is confusing since he did his time in the Marines.
  • Farrell likes to watch basketball, but won't play with friends due to his lack of talent.
  • Farrell does not like to watch or attend football games for as he says, "This sport is way too violent.'
  • "The" worst production Farrell was ever involved with was a television-type expose in the mid 80's entitled, "We Are Not Alone," a show that revealed proof that aliens "were" living among us. One of his worst lines was, "Scientists have proven that the favorite food of aliens is strawberry jam.'
  • Mike does not view his wife, Shelly Fabares, as a wife, but his partner.
  • Mike advocates a sexless-marriage meaning a marriage without male or female genders can succeed quicker than a marital union where the male and female are thought of as the foundation.
  • Farrell was one of the main advocates who protested United States involvement against Afghanistan and Iraq. He said in an interview, 'if our country had just 'turned the other cheek,' we would have not lost thousands of innocent souls and spent foolishly on these conflicts."
  • Steam and electric-powered automobiles is one of Mike's projects.
  • Farrell believes that Americans should give up eating meat or fish altogether to live a healthier, longer life.
  • Farrell still receives film and television offers every week, but has no immediate-interest in a return to the screen in film or television.

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Mr Archer 20 months ago from Missouri

Enjoyed this greatly! I was (am) a fan if the show and loved the interplay between the talented players. Nicely done!


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Mr. Archer,

Thanks so much for your nice comment. Appreciate your kind words and thanks a lot for your following.

I shall send you a note of thanks for this kind gesture in the near future.

Have a nice week.


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tirelesstraveler 19 months ago from California

Loved MASH. My mom was an Army nurse in WWII. She loved MASH because it was so true.


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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, tirelesstraveler,

Me too. My mom and I watched MASH every evening when I came home from work and these were the days before I married.

My dad worked from 3 to 11 at a local industry and watching MASH was our time.

I am proud of your mother's work in WWII!

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