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Michael Joseph “Mike” Farrell, Jr. was born on 6 February 1939, in St. Paul, Minnesota USA, to parents Agnes Sarah Cosgrove and Michael Joseph Farrell Sr., of Irish descent. He is an actor, writer, director and producer, probably best known for playing Captain B.J. Hunnicutt in the 70s hit television series “M*A*S*H”.

So just how wealthy is Mike Farrell at present? As reported in mid-2016, Farrell has established a net worth over $10 million, his wealth being mostly accumulated during his years in the entertainment industry.

Mike Farrell Net Worth $10 Million

When Farrell was two years old his family moved to Hollywood, where he attended West Hollywood Grammar School and later Hollywood High School. Upon matriculating he entered the Marine Corps for two years, and then enrolled in the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA) while also studying acting at the Jeff Corey Workshop.

Farrell began his acting career by taking minor parts in several television series of the 60s, such as “Combat”, “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Monkees”, as well as with minor roles in the movies “The Graduate” and “The Americanization of Emily”. His television parts eventually led him to become part of the hit NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in 1968, taking the role of Scott Banning for two years; his net worth was starting to rise. The ’70s saw him taking leading roles in TV series “The Interns” and “The Man and the City”. Signing a four-year contract with the Universal Studios, Farrell took a lead role in the television movie “The Questor Tapes”, and went on to guest star in numerous shows, such as “Bonanza”, “Banacek”, “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and “The New Land”.

In 1975 Farrell was cast in the series “M*A*S*H” for the newly created role of Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, remaining eight years in the show, until its cancellation in 1983. He also got the opportunity to write and direct a number of episodes which brought him additional praise. The series was popular in many English-speaking countries around the world, including repeat showings, and enabled Mike to enter Hollywood stardom, as well as greatly increasing his net worth.

After “M*A*S*H”, Farrell took roles in a number of movies including “Sex and a Single Parent”, “Prime Suspect”, “Choices of the Heart”, “Private Sessions” and “Memorial Day” which he also co-produced. Farrell also hosted “Saving the Wildlife” for PBS and “The Best of the National Geographic Specials”.

In 1985, in partnership with the late producer Marvin Minoff, he created a production company which released a number of TV and feature films, such as the 1988 “Dominick and Eugene” and the 1998 Robin Williams film “Patch Adams”. Farrell went on to appear in the movies “A Deadly Silence”, “The Price of the Bride”, “Incident at Dark River” and “The Whereabouts of Jenny” among other, and provided the voice for Jonathan Kent in the animated series “Superman” in 1996. In 1999 he became part of the NBC melodrama series “Providence”, taking the role of veterinarian Jim Hansen; he remained in the series for five seasons, which also significantly added to his wealth. The 2000s saw Farrell in the hit series “Desperate Housewives”.

Farrell has published two books, an autobiography “Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist” in 2007 and “Of Mule and Man” in 2009, adding to his net worth.

When it comes to his personal life, Farrell married teacher Judy Hayden in 1963 and has two children with her – Hayden also had a recurring role in “M*A*S*H” as a nurse. They divorced in 1983. He has been married to actress Shelley Fabares since 1984, with whom he appeared in “Superman” too.

Farrell has been an activist for a number of political and social causes, devoting himself the most to promoting human rights and peace delegations to a number of countries around the world, and opposing the death penalty, which earned him various honors and awards. He is also an animal right activist. He co-founded Artists United to Win Without War, an organization protesting the war in Iraq, and has been active in the Screen Actors Guide, being named first vice-president of the Guild in LA in 2002.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 6, 1939
Birth place: St. Paul, Minnesota, US
Profession:Actor, writer, director and producer
Education:West Hollywood Grammar School, Hollywood High School, United States Marine Corps, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Nationality:American
Spouse:Shelley Fabares (m. 1984 -), Judy Farrell (m. 1963–1983)
Children:Erin Farrell, Michael Farrell
Parents:Agnes Sarah Cosgrove, Michael Joseph Farrell Sr.
Awards:Emmy Award for Best Guest Role in a Primetime Comedy Series
Movies:"M*A*S*H" (1972-1983), "Patch Adams" (1998), "Providence" (1999-2002)
TV shows:"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", " Desperate Housewives" (2007–08), "Supernatural", "Whose War?" (2006), "JFK", "One Man Show"
Books:"Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist" (2007), "Of Mule and Man"
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1As Mr. Farrell was sowing seeds in the early years of what would be his long acting career, he starred in 1967 as Federal Agent Modell on juvenile sitcom, The Monkees; in the episode of Monkees Chow Mein.
2Release of his book, "Of Mule and Man". [2009]
3Release of his book, "Just Call Me Mike: My Journey from Actor to Activist". [2007]
4Attended the funeral of Marvin Minoff when the producer died in 2009.
5His father, Michael Joseph Farrell, Sr., died when Michael Jr. was only age 17.
6His father was an alcoholic.
7Of Irish descent.
8His family moved to Hollywood, California, in 1941, where Farrell's father worked as a movie studio carpenter.
9Is an animal rights activist.
10Was close to Harry Morgan.
11Best friend of Alan Alda.
12Starred in a pilot with Jane Wyman that didn't sell.
13His acting mentors were the late Harry Morgan, William Broderick and Anthony Quinn.
14Formed his production company, "Farrell-Minoff Productions", in 1985, with Marvin Minoff.
15Best remembered by the public for his role as "Captain B.J. Hunnicut" on the television series M*A*S*H (1972).
16Appeared in a 1970's television commercial for Schmidt's Big Mouth Beer.
17Tried to talk Gary Burghoff out of leaving M*A*S*H (1972), citing the lackluster careers of McLean Stevenson and Larry Linville after their departures, but to no avail.
18It was Alan Alda's idea for him to grow a mustache in the seventh season, which he kept for the rest of the show's run.
19While he was a cast member on M*A*S*H (1972) as Captain BJ Hunnicut, his first wife, Judy Farrell, also appeared on M*A*S*H (1972) playing various nurse characters.
20Provided voice of Jonathan Kent on the animated Superman (1996) series with real life wife Shelley Fabares providing the voice of Martha Kent.
21Presides over Family Motion Pictures, an organisation which strives to promote films suitable for family viewing.
22Elected first Vice-President of the Screen Actor's Guild in 2002 and served for three years.
23Spokesperson for CONCERN/America; co-chair of Human Rights Watch in California; board president of Death Penalty Focus; member of the California State Commission on Judicial Performance
24Served in the U. S. Marines
25Attended West Hollywood Grammar School with Natalie Wood and Ricky Nelson. Graduated from Hollywood High School.
26Named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
27Works with Greenpeace.
28He has two children by screenwriter Judy Farrell - Michael Farrell, a martial arts teacher, and Erin Farrell, who works in the Los Angeles office of Jesse Jackson.


Quotes

#Quote
1[Of Harry Morgan]: He was a treasure as a person, an imp at times, and always a true professional. He had worked with the greats and never saw himself as one of them. But he was. He was the rock everyone depended on and yet he could cut up like a kid when the situation warranted it. He was the apotheosis, the finest example of what people call a 'character actor.' What he brought to the work made everyone better. He made those who are thought of as 'stars' shine even more brightly. The love and admiration we all felt for him were returned tenfold in many, many ways. And the greatest and, most selfless tribute to the experience we enjoyed was paid by Harry at the press conference when our show ended. He remarked that someone had asked him if working on M*A*S*H had made him a better actor. He responded by saying, 'I don't know about that, but it made me a better human being. It's hard to imagine a better one.'
2(On the death of Harry Morgan): He was an imp. As Alan once said, 'There's not an un-adorable bone in the man's body.' He was full of fun, and he was smart as a whip.
3(On his on- and off-screen chemistry with Harry Morgan, who played Col. Sherman Potter): It's harder for me to separate Harry and Col. Potter because I adore them both so much. Col. Potter was the father figure we all loved and admired. A straight-arrow, regular army, by the book type who, just beneath the surface, was a marshmallow. Harry Morgan is a wonderful guy and a good friend. He's full of stories, jokes, wry humor and is a delight to be around. He is and ought to be a motion picture and television legend.
4(On David Ogden Stiers, who was being reduced by one Harry Morgan, for ridiculous reasons): David was like a rock, when he was concentrating, when he was being Charles Emerson Winchester III, you just couldn't get him, except for Harry Morgan. Harry could look at David and reduced him to a puddle of tears, without turning an eye. David said, 'When he [Harry] looks at me and flare those nostrils; and he would be gone.' It would be such a wonderful thing to see this great big guy just reduced to a giggling idiot by Harry, but unfortunately, all I could tell you, we had great fun doing the show; and much of it was laughing at some silly gag that one of us had pulled on the others.
5(On the effect of the programs today): I think there's a terrible dumbing- down of the American consciousness, the drumbeat of ugliness and stupidity and sensationalism, and thoughtlessness and propaganda that is in these stations. I think it's across the border. It's not just in the right wing media. Takings across the board, the dumbing- down that's going on. I worry about it greatly, because I think we have listened to - loosened connections that people feel toward this country and the values of this country. It's as though as took freedom and liberty and the kinds of concepts that built America and put them on a shelf somewhere and said we won them now. As long as they're back there, we can do anything that we want. Forgetting that those have to be living - living values that we practice on a daily basis rather than just having them on a shelf that we polish periodically.
6(On besides playing somebody else other than "BJ Hunnicut," he was offered another role): The script. I liked the fact that it was serious and a bit wacky and I liked the idea of dealing with family issues. After reading it I told my agent it would be worth a meeting with them and I liked it even better after meeting the people involved. Meeting Melina was the icing on the cake.
7(Who presided over the largest C.I.A. station in the world, which was Honduras): I mean it's just a pathetic thing. I laugh about it now, but Honduras was the base for the Contras against Nicaragua. Honduras was also the repository of a great number of refugees from the horror in Guatemala and the terrible brutality in El Salvador. We were there trying to deal with the needs of the people who were refugees and who were being treated abominably by their own governments and by the United States if every way they could be. I remember coming back from Honduras and talking to the Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs. I told him about the brutality that was being visited on these people.
8I was a bouncer in a bar. That was a terrible, terrible, terrible job. And I used to be a private investigator. I'd have to find people that didn't want to be found. I was shot at, and chased with knives. Most of the cases were really sad more then anything else.
9(On the final episode of M*A*S*H (1972)): It was one of the hardest things I've ever done as an actor, because there were times when it wasn't appropriate to be crying.
10(On joining the cast of M*A*S*H (1972)): "I began to sweat at the [thought] that if this show fails in the fourth season, I'm going to wear it around my neck for the rest of my life: the guy who sank M*A*S*H (1972).
11I think alternative sentencing, if I understand your use of the term, is a good idea for some offenders, who can then continue to be useful members of society at the same time as they are having their activities restricted by law, but is not appropriate for those who have demonstrated, for example, a propensity for violence against others.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Impact AwardTV Land AwardsM*A*S*H (1972)· Alan Alda
· Allan Arbus
· William Christopher
· Larry Gelbart (producer)
· Jeff Maxwell
· Burt Metcalfe (producer)
· Gene Reynolds (producer)
· David Ogden Stiers
· Loretta Swit
· Kellye Nakahara
1993Humanitarian AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in Children's ProgrammingThe Body Human: Becoming a Man (1981)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Comedy SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)· John Rappaport (teleplay)
· Dennis Koenig (teleplay)
· Thad Mumford (story)
· Dan Wilcox (story)
· Burt Metcalfe (story)
1981DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series'M*A*S*H (1972)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesM*A*S*H (1972)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Road2014-2015TV SeriesDavid Rogers
Supernatural2012TV SeriesFred Jones
Miami Medical2010TV SeriesDr. Carl Willis
Ghost Whisperer2009TV SeriesBill Jett
Without a Trace2009TV SeriesRoss Baldwin
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2008TV SeriesJonah Malcolm
Desperate Housewives2007-2008TV SeriesMilton Lang
Out at the Wedding2007Father of the Bride
Smith2007TV SeriesDr. Breen
Superman: Brainiac Attacks2006VideoJonathan Kent (voice)
Locusts2005TV MovieLyle Rierden
Justice League2003-2004TV SeriesJonathan Kent Brainiac Store Owner
The Clinic2004TV MovieDr. Cyrus Gachet
The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron2003TV MovieKenneth Lay
Providence1999-2002TV SeriesDr. James Hansen
Superman1996-1999TV SeriesJonathan Kent
The Killers Within1997Congressman Clayton
Sins of the Mind1997TV MovieWilliam
Vows of Deception1996TV MovieClay Spencer
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton1996TV MovieJonathan Kent (voice)
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die1994TV MovieFrank Crane
Silent Motive1991TV MovieDetective Paul Trella
Matlock1991TV SeriesJudge David Bennett
The Whereabouts of Jenny1991TV MovieVan Zandt
Lockdown1990Prentis
The Price of the Bride1990TV MovieJoe Roth
Murder, She Wrote1990TV SeriesDrew Borden
Coach1990TV SeriesJeffrey
Incident at Dark River1989TV MovieTim McFall
A Deadly Silence1989TV MovieAtty. Gianelli
Vanishing Act1986TV MovieHarry Kenyon
Private Sessions1985TV MovieDr. Joe Braden
J.F.K.: A One-Man Show1984TV MovieJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy
Choices of the Heart1983TV MovieAmbassador Robert E. White
Memorial Day1983TV MovieMatt Walker
M*A*S*H1975-1983TV SeriesCapt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Prime Suspect1982TV MovieFrank Staplin
Father Damien: The Leper Priest1980TV MovieRobertson
Letters from Frank1979TV MovieRichard Miller
Sex and the Single Parent1979TV MovieGeorge
Battered1978TV MovieMichael Hawks
McNaughton's Daughter1976TV Mini-SeriesColin Pierce
Ladies of the Corridor1975TV MoviePaul Osgood
Marcus Welby, M.D.1972-1974TV SeriesMr. Ferra
Harry O1974TV SeriesCole Harris
Ironside1967-1974TV SeriesLen Parsons / Bellhop
The Six Million Dollar Man1974TV SeriesDavid Tate
The New Land1974TV Series
Live Again, Die Again1974TV MovieJames Carmichael
The Questor Tapes1974TV MovieJerry Robinson
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1972-1973TV SeriesBlair Cameron
She Cried Murder1973TV MovieWalter Stepanic
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV SeriesSteven
The Rookies1973TV SeriesFrank Essex
Love, American Style1970-1973TV SeriesJack (segment "Love and the Hot Spell") / The Young Man (segment "Love and the Pick-Up")
Banacek1973TV SeriesJason Trotter
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesFrank Simmons
Bonanza1972TV SeriesDr. Will Agar
Cannon1972TV SeriesRon
The Longest Night1972TV MovieWills
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesDr. Gil Clarke
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1972TV SeriesDr. Vic Wheelwright
The Man and the City1971-1972TV SeriesAndy Hays
Doomsday Machine19721st Reporter
Sarge1971TV SeriesSteve
The Interns1970-1971TV SeriesDr. Sam Marsh
Mannix1970TV SeriesClay Riegles
The Bill Cosby Show1969TV SeriesAl Socconis
The Name of the Game1969TV SeriesReporter
Worthy to Stand1969ShortFred Washburn
Days of Our Lives1968TV SeriesScott Banning
Judd for the Defense1968TV SeriesPolice Lieutenant / Employment Clerk
Dayton's Devils1968Naval Officer
Panic in the City1968Dick Blaine (as Michael Farrell)
Targets1968Man in Phonebooth
Daniel Boone1968TV SeriesJohnson
I Dream of Jeannie1968TV SeriesAstronaut Arland
The Graduate1967Bellhop in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Garrison's Gorillas1967TV SeriesThe Captain
Custer1967TV SeriesFirst Trooper
Countdown1967Houston Engineer (uncredited)
The Monkees1967TV SeriesAgent Modell
Lassie1967TV SeriesRanger
Combat!1966TV SeriesDoctor
Captain Newman, M.D.1963Patient (uncredited)
Ensign O'Toole1963TV SeriesFerguson
McHale's Navy1963TV SeriesThe Gunner
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
M*A*S*HTV Series 2 episodes, 1978 - 1982 performer - 18 episodes, 1975 - 1983

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion2002TV Movie documentary executive producer
Patch Adams1998producer
Sins of the Mind1997TV Movie executive producer
Silent Motive1991TV Movie executive producer / producer
Incident at Dark River1989TV Movie executive producer
Dominick and Eugene1988producer
Memorial Day1983TV Movie producer - uncredited
Citizen: The Political Life of Allard K. Lowenstein1983Documentary executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Incident at Dark River1989TV Movie story
M*A*S*HTV Series written by - 2 episodes, 1979 - 1980 story by - 1 episode, 1982 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1980
Ebony, Ivory and Jade1979TV Movie story - as D.B. Cooper / teleplay - as D.B. Cooper

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Run Till You Fall1988TV Movie
M*A*S*H1979-1983TV Series 5 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Memorial Day1983TV Movie executive consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Memories of M*A*S*H1991TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Actor, 'M*A*S*H'
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor, 'M*A*S*H'
Bucky and the Squirrels2014Himself
Unlikely Friends2013DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Never the Same: The Prisoner-of-War Experience2013DocumentaryKentner (voice)
Chasing Beauty2013DocumentaryHimself
The Hour2011TV SeriesHimself
The Barrel of a Gun2010Documentary
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHimself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself
The Young Turks2005TV SeriesHimself (2010)
Your World w/ Neil Cavuto2005TV SeriesHimself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography1997-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
M*A*S*H: TV Tales2002TV Special documentaryHimself
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 32000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Vatican Revealed1999TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimself
The Medicinal Value of Laughter1999Video documentary short
Jeopardy!1999TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Behind the Laughs1998TV Movie documentaryHost
187: Documented1997DocumentaryVoice
Hanged on a Twisted Cross1996DocumentaryBonhoeffer
Cathedrals in the Sea1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Memories of M*A*S*H1991TV Movie documentaryHimself / Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
UFO Cover-Up?: Live!1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stand-up Comics Take a Stand1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHimself
The $10,000 Pyramid1976-1984TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHimself
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Comedy Program
The Body Human: Becoming a Man1981TV Short documentary
El Salvador: Another Vietnam1981DocumentaryNarrator
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series
Good Evening, Captain1981TV SpecialHimself
Making 'M*A*S*H'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinah!1975-1980TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979-1980TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1979TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor
Everyday1979TV SeriesHimself
The 20th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Shoot for the Stars1977TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1976-1977TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Battle of the Network Stars II1977TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team
The $25,000 Pyramid1977TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman2015TV SeriesB. J. Honeycutt
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks2014TV Series documentaryMan in Phonebooth
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesHimself
Desperate Housewives Special: Secrets and Lies2007TV MovieMilton Lang
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesCaptain B.J. Hunnicut

Is Mike Farrell's Net Worth Deserved?

  • John Wood

    I saw this person tonight in a segment on the Tucker Carlso Tonight program on Fox News. He was speaking in opposition to the presidential election of Donald Trump. At one point, Carlson commented that “…this probably doesn’t apply to rich people such as you”, to which Farrell immediately replied “that doesn’t include me” which was a denial of being rich; an obvious implication that he was just a commoner like everybody else. That was a flagrant canard as according to this article he’s a multimillionaire. And Hollywood wonders why the public is seeing through their phony hypocrisy.