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Jamie Farr

Corporal Maxwell Klinger, as played by Jamie Farr, dressed as a woman, his trademark gag
Born July 1, 1934 (1934-07-01) (age 73)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.

Jamie Farr (born Jameel Joseph Farah on July 1, 1934) is an American television and film actor and popular game show panelist. He is perhaps best known for playing the role of cross-dressing Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Klinger in the 1970s and 1980s U.S. television sitcom, M*A*S*H. Image File history File links Jf_boa. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Lucas Founded 1833 Government  - Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (D) Area  - City 84. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... “Quiz show” redirects here. ... This article is about the military rank. ... For other uses, see Sergeant (disambiguation). ... Maxwell Q. Klinger is a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television series played by American actor Jamie Farr. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the...

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Biography

Early life

Farr was born in Toledo, Ohio, U.S., to Lebanese-American parents Jamelia and Samuel N. Farah, a grocer. His family's religion was Antiochian Orthodox Christian. Farr's first acting success occurred at age eleven when he won $2 in a local acting contest. After a stellar high school career at Woodward High School, where he was one of the standouts among his class, Farr attended the Pasadena Playhouse where an MGM talent scout discovered him, offering him a screen-test for Blackboard Jungle. He won the role of the mentally challenged student, Santini. Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Lucas Founded 1833 Government  - Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (D) Area  - City 84. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The Antiochian Orthodox Church is one of the five churches that composed the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church before the Great Schism, and today is one of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... Woodward High School is a public high school located in the north side of Toledo, Ohio. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Artist and repertoire (A&R for short) is a music industry term that refers to the division of a record label that is responsible for scouting and developing talent. ... Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. ... Mental retardation (also called mental handicap and, as defined by the UK Mental Health Act (1983), mental impairment and severe mental impairment) is a term for a pattern of persistently slow learning of basic motor and language skills (milestones) during childhood, and a significantly below-normal global intellectual capacity as...


Career

Farr's first film roles were in 1955. He appeared as a student in Blackboard Jungle (billed as Jameel Farah) and as a fruit vendor in Kismet (uncredited). Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. ... Look up kismet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Although Farr was off to a promising start, roles were infrequent for the young actor, and he took jobs as a delivery person, a post office clerk, an army surplus store clerk, an airlines reservations agent, and as an employee at a chinchilla ranch. In 1958 Warner Brothers cast him as an airman in the Andy Griffith military comedy No Time for Sergeants, which also brought the young TV comic Don Knotts to motion pictures. Farr appeared as Thaddaeus in the 1965 film The Greatest Story Ever Told, along with minor roles in Who's Minding the Mint? and With Six You Get Eggroll. For other uses, see Chinchilla (disambiguation). ... Warner Bros. ... Not to be confused with Andy Griffiths. ... No Time for Sergeants was a 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman, which was later adapted into a popular Broadway play and 1958 motion picture (plus a forgettable 1964 television series). ... Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Threes... This article is about the film. ... Whos Minding the Mint? is a comedy movie from 1967. ... With Six You Get Eggroll is a family comedy in 1968, starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. ...


Farr began to carve out his niche in television when, in the late 1950s, he became a regular on The Red Skelton Show before graduating to second banana with Harvey Korman on The Danny Kaye Show. Farr also appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show and was a regular on the gangster-comedy series The Chicago Teddy Bears (featuring Huntz Hall). Farr also worked in TV commercials, including a memorable spot for Wonder Bread (he's a produce vendor who says, "If it isn't fresh, I'm outa business!"). This spot got plenty of airtime, even as Farr was becoming known by name as a featured player in M*A*S*H. The Red Skelton Show was a staple of American television for almost two decades, from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. ... Actor Harvey Korman in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles. ... David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was a Golden Globe-winning American actor, singer and comedian. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show was an American television situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to September 7, 1966. ... The Chicago Teddy Bears was a situation comedy which was broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1971 fall lineup. ... Henry Huntz Hall, (August 15, 1919 - January 30, 1999) was a radio, theatrical and motion picture performer perhaps best known for his portrayal of the Dead End Kids in movies such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). ...


He was hired for one day's work as "Corporal Klinger" on the M*A*S*H episode "Chief Surgeon Who?" and he played it so well that this day job became an 11-year career. His character wore dresses to try to convince the army that he was crazy and he deserved a Section 8 discharge. He was asked back for a dozen episodes in the second season and he became a regular in the third. Eventually, his character gave up wearing women's clothing, a change demanded by Farr because he felt his children would be ashamed of his appearing in women's clothing week after week on national television [citation needed]. Like most of the characters on M*A*S*H, Corporal Klinger matured as the years passed. He gradually progressed from being a cross-dressing visual joke, and became a more sensitive and resourceful character. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


After the enormously successful comedy finished its 11-year run, Farr and co-stars Harry Morgan and William Christopher spent two years starring in AfterMASH, the sequel that explored how civilian life treated their characters. This lasted for only two seasons. While working on M*A*S*H, Farr found time to do some work on the silver screen. He appeared in Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II. For German porn star and director, see Harry S. Morgan. ... William Christopher (born October 20, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American actor who is best known for playing Father Mulcahy on the television series M*A*S*H and Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. // After attending New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, he... AfterMASH was a situation comedy that ran for two seasons (1983-1985) on CBS. A spin-off of the long-running hit series M*A*S*H, AfterMASH took place immediately following the end of the Korean War and chronicled the adventures of three characters from the original series: Colonel... Cannonball Run was a campy, screwball comedy movie released in 1981 that starred Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. ... See also Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash Cannonball Run II is a film that was released in 1984. ...


For many years, due to Farr's popularity in game shows, he appeared as a panelist on many shows such as: The $25,000 Pyramid, Super Password, The Gong Show, Body Language, Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Wordplay, The $1.98 Beauty Show, The Magnificent Marble Machine, Tattletales, among many others. Pyramid was an American television game show where contestants tried to guess a series of words or phrases, based on descriptions that were given to them, in the shortest amount of time. ... Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Body Language is a television game show based on the party game charades which aired from June 4, 1984, until January 3, 1986, on CBS. Tom Kennedy hosted the Mark Goodson production. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wordplay was a game show which ran on NBC from December 29, 1986-September 4, 1987, replacing the long-running soap opera Search for Tomorrow. ... $1. ... The Magnificent Marble Machine was a American television game show that was based on pinball, and starred Art James. ... Tattletales was a game show which first aired on the CBS daytime schedule on February 18, 1974. ...


He also appeared in several made-for-TV movies such as Murder Can Hurt You, 'Return of the Rebels, and For Love or Money as well as in guest-starring in Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The name For Love or Money can refer to: The 1963 comedy movie For Love or Money (1963) starring Kirk Douglas The 1993 movie For Love or Money starring Michael J. Fox, The reality TV show called For Love or Money. ... Darren McGavin as Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972) Kolchak: The Night Stalker is a television series that aired on ABC in 1974, about a newpaper reporter -- Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin -- who investigates crimes with mysterious and unlikely causes that the proper authorities wont accept. ...


Farr endorsed the U.S. Mars bar in commercials during the 1980s and received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


He was also a regular judge with Laugh-In's Arte Johnson and Jaye P. Morgan on The Gong Show. Arte Johnson (born January 20, 1929), full name Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson, is a comedic actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the 1990s, Farr (along with Nathan Lane) played the role of Nathan Detroit in a Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. Farr is still active in regional theater and guest stars occasionally on TV series. Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956) is a Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actor of the stage and screen. ... Guys And Dolls is a successful 1950 musical. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Guys and Dolls Original Broadway Cast recording (1950) Guys And Dolls is a hit 1950 musical, with the music and lyrics written by Frank Loesser. ...


Since 1984, he has hosted an annual women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA tour, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in northwest Ohio. The tournament has raised over $4.8 million for local children's charities. LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association. ... Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic is an annual golf tournament for professional female golfers on the LPGA Tour. ...


On Memorial Day, 2007, Farr hosted a multi-episode presentation of M*A*S*H on the Hallmark Channel. The featured episodes showcased Farr's performances on the show, with Farr providing commentary during the commercial breaks.


Personal life

Farr is one of only three actors from M*A*S*H who has written an autobiography (the other two are Alan Alda and Mike Farrell); Jamie's autobiography is titled Just Farr Fun. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Alan Alda (b. ... Mike Farrell (born February 6, 1939) is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the popular television series M*A*S*H (1975-83). ...


After his role in the 1955 film, Blackboard Jungle, he entered the United States Army for two years serving overseas in Japan and Korea. His tour of Korea was after the war had ended. Alan Alda, another M*A*S*H cast member, also served in the Army in Korea, but not during the war. [1] The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Alan Alda (b. ...


The park where Jamie Farr used to hang out when he was younger was renamed "Jamie Farr Park" in his honor on July 5, 1998. About the park, he said, "I wanted to be an actor, a famous actor, and I wanted my hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to be proud of me," Farr told about 400 admirers and was quoted in The New York Post: "Jamie Farr Park is certainly a highlight of my life and career." is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Lucas Founded 1833 Government  - Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (D) Area  - City 84. ... The first edition of The New York Post of July 6, 2004 incorrectly declared that U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry would choose U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt to be his vice-presidential running mate that day (in reality, Kerry chose John Edwards). ...


Further exemplifying Farr's love of Toledo was his frequent mention of Tony Packo's hot dogs on M*A*S*H, a Toledo staple; he also was shown in two episodes as a Toledo Mudhens fan. Tony Packos Cafe is located in the Hungarian/Polish neighborhood on the east side of Toledo, Ohio. ... The Toledo Mud Hens are a minor league baseball team located in Toledo, Ohio. ...


References in pop culture

  • The American version of Whose Line is it Anyway? had an Irish drinking song game played in which the subject was "sleeping with an ugly woman". Performer Colin Mochrie ended one of the verses with "she looked like Jamie Farr."
  • In Family Guy: Live in Vegas Stewie tells Brian that in the right light, he looks a bit like Jamie Farr.

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Other roles

  • Farr starred in two episodes of The Rifleman, the first time under his own name and the second under his adopted name.
  • He also made a guest appearance on "The Love Boat."
  • Also had a guest appearance on " That 70's Show" on the season 5 episode "The Girl I Love"

The Dick Van Dyke Show was an American television situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to September 7, 1966. ... Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 to May 2, 1969. ... The Andy Griffith Show is an American television series that aired on CBS from October 3rd, 1960 to April 1st, 1968. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

External links


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Jamie Farr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (673 words)
Jamie Farr (born on July 1, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio), birth name Jameel Joseph Farah, is an American television and film actor of Lebanese descent.
Although Farr was off to a promising start, roles were infrequent for the young actor, and he took jobs as a delivery person, a post office clerk, an army surplus store clerk, an airlines reservations agent and as an employee at a chinchilla ranch.
Farr began to carve his niche in television when, in the late 1950s, he became a regular on The Red Skelton Show before graduating to second banana with Harvey Korman on The Danny Kaye Show.
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