Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mike Farrell who played B. J. Hunnicut on the TV show M*A*S*H

Mike Farrell was born February, 1939 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is best known as B. J. Hunnicut on the TV show "M*A*S*H".  He replaced Wayne Rogers who played "Trapper" John McIntyre. He is more recently well known as playing the role of Dr. James Hansen on the TV show "Providence".

Mike Farrell as B.J. Hunnicut in the TV show "M*A*S*H"

Mike made his television debut in 1963 guest starring in the show "The Dick Powell Theatre" starring Dick Powell, David Niven and June Allyson.  He went on to appear in "McHale's Navy" starring Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Gavin MacLeod, and Carl Ballantine (1963); and "Ensign O'Toole" starring Dean Jones, Jack Albertson, Jay C. Flippen, Beau Bridges, and Harvey Lembeck (1963).

Farrell landed his first uncredited film role in "Captain Newman, M.D." starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert, and Robert Duvall (1963).  He would continue the military theme guest starring in "Combat!" a few years later in 1966.

Mike Farrell circa 1960s

Mike continued on appearing in "Lassie" starring Jon Provost, Hugh Reilly, June Lockhart, Tommy Rettig, and Jan Clayton (1967); "The Monkees" starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith (1967); "Garrison's Gorillas" starring Ron Harper, Cesare Danova and Christopher Cary (1967); "The Graduate" co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Norman Fell, and Richard Dreyfuss (1967); "I Dream of Jeannie" starring Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, and Hayden Rorke (1968); "Daniel Boone" starring Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Ed Ames, and Darby Hinton (1968); "Countdown" co-starring James Caan, Robert Duvall, Joanna Moore, Barbara Baxley, and Ted Knight (1968); "Targets" co-starring Boris Karloff, Tim O'Kelly, and Arthur Peterson (1968); "Dayton's Devils" co-starring Rory Calhoun, Leslie Nielsen and Lainie Kazan (1968); "Panic in the City" co-starring Howard Duff, Dennis Hopper, Linda Cristal and Stephen McNally (1968); "Days of Our Lives" starring Deidre Hall, Lauren Koslow, Bryan Dattilo, Alison Sweeney, Josh Taylor,  Renée Jones, and Kristian Alfonso (1968); "Worthy to Stand" co-starring Ron Frederickson, La Var Rockwood, and Mike's future wife, Judy Farrell (1969); "The Name of the Game" starring Gene Barry, Robert Stack and Susan Saint James (1969); "The Bill Cosby Show" starring Bill Cosby, Joyce Bulifant and Lee Weaver (1969); and "Mannix" starring Mike Connors, Gail Fisher and Ward Wood (1970).

In 1970 Farrell landed his first regular role in a TV series as Dr. Sam Marsh in "The Interns".  He co-starred with Stephen Brooks, Christopher Stone, Elaine Giftos, Sandra Smith, and Hal Frederick.  He played the role for the first two years of the show, then left in 1971 to play the starring role of Andy Hays in the TV series "The Man and the City" co-starring Anthony Quinn and William Schallert.  The show lasted one season ending in 1972.  During this time Farrell also appeared in "Sarge" starring George Kennedy, Ramon Bieri and Sallie Shockley (1971); and "Doomsday Machine" co-starring Bobby Van, Ruta Lee, Mala Powers, and Casey Kasem (1972).

The cast of the TV series "The Interns"
Mike Farrell and Anthony Quinn in "The Man and the City" 1971

Farrell would go on to appear in "The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" starring David Hartman, E.G. Marshall and John Saxon (1972); "The Sixth Sense" starring Gary Collins, Catherine Ferrar and Percy Rodrigues (1972); "The Longest Night" co-starring David Janssen, James Farentino and Phyllis Thaxter (1972); "Cannon" starring William Conrad, Patrick Culliton and Tom Pittman (1972); "Bonanza" starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, and Dan Blocker (1972); "Circle of Fear" co-starring Sebastian Cabot, Sheila Larken and Meg Foster (1972); "Wide World Mystery" starring Peter Coffield, John Karlen and Peter Haskell (1973); "Banacek" starring George Peppard, Ralph Manza and Murray Matheson (1973); "Love, American Style" (2 episodes, 1973); "The Rookies" starring Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville, Kate Jackson, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, and Michael Ontkean (1973); "She Cried Murder" co-starring Telly Savalas, Lynda Day George, and Kate Reid (1973); and "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law" starring Arthur Hill, Lee Majors and Pat Harrington Jr. (2 episodes, 1972-73).

Mike Farrell and Lorne Greene in the TV show "Bonanza" 1972

Mike Farrell and Telly Savalas in the film "She Cried Murder" 1973

In 1974, Farrell starred in "The Questor Tapes" with Robert Foxworth, Majel Barrett, Dana Wynter, John Vernon, Lew Ayres, and Walter Koenig (1974); "Live Again, Die Again" co-starring Cliff Potts, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Mills, Vera Miles, and Geraldine Page (1974); "The New Land" starring Keith Atkinson, Bonnie Bedelia, Sally Carter-Ihnat, Ellen Geer, Todd Lookinland, Belinda Montgomery, and Kurt Russell (1974); "The Six Million Dollar Man" starring Lee Majors, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks (1974); "Ironside" starring Raymond Burr, Don Galloway and Don Mitchell (1974); "Harry O" starring David Janssen, Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe (1974); "Marcus Welby, M.D." starring Robert Young, James Brolin and Elena Verdugo (1974); and "Ladies of the Corridor" co-starring Mabel Albertson, Ed Arnold, Barbara Baxley, Colby Chester, Cloris Leachman, and Gary Barton (1975).

Mike Farrell and the cast of "Live Again, Die Again" 1974

It was in 1975 that Farrell began playing the role of B.J. Hunnicut on the TV show "M*A*S*H" co-starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, and Kellye Nakahara.  Farrell played the role for the remaining run of the show for 180 episodes until the show ended in 1983.  Farrell also directed 5 episodes and wrote 4 episodes of "M*A*S*H" as well as other titles.

Some of the cast members of the TV show "M*A*S*H" in the later years. Seated: Alan Alda  ("Hawkeye" Pierce) standing font: Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicut), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), Loretta Swit (Margaret "Hot Lips" Huolihan), David Ogden Stiers (Major Charles Winchester)  Standing rear: William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Jamie Farr (Corporal Max Klinger)

During his run on "M*A*S*H", Farrell also starred in "McNaughton's Daughter" with Susan Clark, Ricardo Montalban, Vera Miles, Ralph Bellamy, and James T. Callahan (1976); "Battered" co-starring Karen Grassle, LeVar Burton, Joan Blondell, Howard Duff, Diana Scarwid, and Keith Coogan (1978); "Sex and the Single Parent" co-starring Warren Berlinger, Katy Kurtzman, Dori Brenner, Barbara Rhoades, Susan Saint James, and Justin Dana (1979); "Letters from Frank" co-starring Lew Ayres, Guy Bannerman, Michael J. Fox, Shirley Barclay, Art Carney, and Margaret Hamilton (1979); "Father Damien: The Leper Priest" co-starring Roger Bowen, Alan Chappuis, William Daniels, Ken Howard, and David Ogden Stiers (1980); and "Prime Suspect" co-starring Teri Garr and Veronica Cartwright (1982).

Mike Farrell as B. J. Hunnicut on the TV show "M*A*S*H"

After his run on "M*A*S*H", Farrell went on to star in "Memorial Day" co-starring, Danny Glover, Keith Michell, Bonnie Bedelia,  Edward Herrmann, and
Shelley Fabares who would eventually become his wife after divorcing Judy Farrell (1983); "Choices of the Heart" co-starring Melissa Gilbert, Peter Horton, Mary McCusker, Pamela Bellwood, Martin Sheen, and Helen Hunt (1983); "J.F.K.: A One-Man Show" (1984); "Private Sessions" co-starring Maureen Stapleton, Denise Miller, Kathryn Walker, David Labiosa, Tom Bosley, Kim Hunter, Victor Garber, Kelly McGillis, Robert Vaughn, Greg Evigan, and Hope Lange (1985).

Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares in "Memorial Day" 1983

In the later half of the '80s, Farrell starred in "Vanishing Act" co-starring Margot Kidder, Fred Gwynne, and Elliott Gould (1986); "A Deadly Silence" co-starring Charles Haid, Bruce Weitz, Heather Fairfield, Juliet Sorci, Sally Struthers, David Schwimmer, Richard Portnow, and Wallace Langham (1989); and "Incident at Dark River" co-starring Tess Harper, Arthur Rosenberg, and Helen Hunt (1989).

Mike Farrell in "Vanishing Act"

Mike Farrell in "A Deadly Silence" 1989

Farrell began the '90s starring in "The Price of the Bride" co-starring Robert Foxworth, Diana Quick, and Peter Egan (1990); "Coach" starring Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke and Shelley Fabares (1990); "Murder, She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury, William Windom and Ron Masak (1990); "The Whereabouts of Jenny" co-starring Ed O'Neill, Debrah Farentino, Lee Garlington, David Graf, and Eve Gordon (1991); "Matlock" co-starring Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Julie Sommars, and Kene Holliday (1991);  "Silent Motive" co-starring Patricia Wettig, David Packer, Edward Asner, and Rick Springfield (1991); "Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die" co-starring Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Vicki Lawrence, James Avery, and Paul Williams (1994); and "The Killers Within" co-starring Anna Berger, Meg Foster, Lisa Comshaw, Robert Carradine and Kim Chase (1995).

In the 1996, Farrell lent his voice to the animated character Jonathan Kent in the movie "Superman: The Last Son of Krypton" co-starring the voices of Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Finola Hughes, Christopher McDonald, Malcolm McDowell, Shelley Fabares, and Clancy Brown.  This led to the same role in the following animated TV series that same year co-starring Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna and Dana Delany.  Farrell played the role for 9 episodes from 1996 to 1999, a year before the show ended.  During this time, he also starred in "Vows of Deception" co-starring Cheryl Ladd, Nick Mancuso, Michael Woolson, Cady Huffman, Vyto Ruginis, and Nancy Cartwright (1996); and "Sins of the Mind" co-starring Jill Clayburgh, Cyia Batten, Robert Pine, and Louise Fletcher (1997).

Mike Farrell and Cady Huffman in "Vows of Deception" 1996

After his "Superman" run, Mike landed a regular role as Dr. James Hansen on the TV show "Providence" co-starring Seth Peterson (Robbie Hansen), Melina Kanakaredes (Dr. Sydney Hansen), Dana Daurey (Heather Tupperman), Concetta Tomei (Lynda Hansen), Paula Cale (Joanie Hansen), Samaria Graham (Izzy Nunez), and Maria Pitillo (Tina Calcatera).  Farrell played this role until the show ended in 2002.

The cast of the TV show "Providence"

After "Providence", Mike starred in "The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron" co-starring Christian Kane, Shannon Elizabeth, Cameron Bancroft, Natalie Brown, Larissa Gomes, Jennifer Hill, and Brian Dennehy (2003); "The Clinic" aka "Animal Clinic" co-starring Jonathan Scarfe, Ione Skye, Bruce Davison, and Crystal Balint (2004); voice in "Justice League" as Jonathan Kent (2003-04); and "Locusts" co-starring Lucy Lawless, John Heard, Dylan Neal, Natalia Nogulich, Mike Gomez, and Esperanza Catubig (2005).

Mike Farrell in 2006

Farrell finished out the first decade of the new millenium appearing in "Superman: Brainiac Attacks" as the voice of Jonathan Kent (2006); "Smith" starring Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Amy Smart, Simon Baker, and Shohreh Aghdashloo (2007); "Out at the Wedding" co-starring Jill Bennett, Jamie Blake, Emily A. Burton, Mystro Clark, Cathy DeBuono, Elizabeth Fields, and Gina DeVivo (2007); "Desperate Housewives" starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong, Andrea Bowen, Ricardo Chavira, Doug Savant, and Marcia Cross (3 episodes, 2007-08); "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" starring Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Tamara Tunie, Diane Neal, and Richard Belzer (2008); and "Without a Trace" starring Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Roselyn Sanchez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Close, and Enrique Murciano (2009); "Ghost Whisperer" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad and Camryn Manheim (2009).

Mike Farrell in 2008

Most recently Farrell guest starred in "Miami Medical" starring Jeremy Northam, Mike Vogel, Elisabeth Harnois, Omar Gooding, and Lana Parrilla in 2010.

Loretta Swit and Mike Farrell in 2010
Mike Farrell now

Mike has also become a producer in his later years with such titles to his credit as the documentary "'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion" in which he starred himself as well as the other surviving cast members of "M*A*S*H".  He also produced other movies including "Patch Adams", "Silent Motive", and "Incident at Dark River".

Mike Farrell today

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