Jamie Farr Biography (1934-)

Original name, Jameel Joseph Farah; born July 1, 1934, in Toledo, OH; son ofSamuel N. (a grocer) and Jamelia M. (a seamstress; maiden name, Abodeely) Farah; married Joy Ann Richards (a model), February 16, 1963; children: Jonas Samuel James, Yvonne Elizabeth Rose. Addresses: Agent: Herb Tannen and Associates, Inc., 8370 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 209, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Actor, director
Birth Details
July 1, 1934
Toledo, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (As Jameel Farah) Santini, Blackboard Jungle, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,1955
  • (Uncredited) Orange merchant, Kismet, 1955
  • (As Jameel Farah) Pedro Ortega, Three Violent People, Paramount, 1956
  • (Uncredited) Count Rilolfi's squire, Diane, 1956
  • (As Jameel Farah; uncredited) Lieutenant Gardella, No Time for Sergeants, Warner Bros., 1958
  • Because They're Young, 1960
  • Thaddaeus, The Greatest Story Ever Told, United Artists, 1965
  • (Uncredited) Waiter at English Club, The Loved One, 1965
  • Pete, Ride beyond Vengeance (also known as Night of the Tiger), Columbia, 1966
  • Out of Sight, Universal, 1966
  • Mario, Who's Minding the Mint?, Columbia, 1967
  • Jo Jo, With Six You Get Eggroll (also known as A Man in Mommy'sBed), National General, 1968
  • Voice, Heavy Traffic, American International Pictures, 1973
  • Dybbi, Arnold, Cinerama, 1973
  • Himself, The Gong Show Movie, Universal, 1980
  • The sheik, The Cannonball Run, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • The sheik, The Cannonball Run II, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Crummy Fred, Happy Hour (also known as Sour Grapes), The Movie Store, 1986
  • Harry Morton, Curse II: The Bite (also known as The Bite),Viva Entertainment/Towa Productions, 1988
  • Jacob Marley, Scrooged, Paramount, 1988
  • Second cannonballer, Speed Zone! (also known as Cannonball Fever), Orion, 1989
  • Sam Camille, Fearless Tiger (also known as Black Pearls), Imperial Entertainment, 1994
  • Dr. Hanley, You Snooze You Lose, 1995
  • Par Sundquist, A Month of Sundays, PorchLight Entertainment, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Lefty, The Chicago Teddy Bears, CBS, 1971
  • Maxwell Q. Klinger, M*A*S*H, CBS, 1972-1983
  • Maxwell "Max" Q. Klinger, After M*A*S*H, CBS, 1983-1984
  • Ernie, Port Charles (also known as Port Charles: Time in a Bottle), 1999
  • Episodic
  • (Television debut) Dear Phoebe, NBC, 1954
  • "Panic," The Rebel, ABC, 1959
  • "Two Weeks," The Rebel, ABC, 1961
  • Delivery boy, "Sally and the Lab Technician," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1961
  • Delivery boy, "Washington vs. the Bunny," The Dick Van Dyke Show,CBS, 1961
  • Delivery boy, "To Tell or Not to Tell," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1961
  • Delivery boy, "Sally Is a Girl," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1961
  • "Barney Hatfield, Where Are You?" Hazel, NBC, 1962
  • "Let's Get Away from It All," Hazel, NBC, 1962
  • Itchie, "The Coffeehouse Set," My Three Sons, ABC, 1964
  • "With This Ring," The Donna Reed Show, ABC, 1965
  • Benny, "Avenue `C' Mob," My Favorite Martian, CBS, 1965
  • "Why Did the Day Go Backwards?" Ben Casey, ABC, 1965
  • Sergeant, "Gomer Pyle, P.O.W.," Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., CBS, 1965
  • (Uncredited) Clinic informant, "Operation Long Shadow," Burke's Law, 1965
  • "A Very Important Russian Is Missing," Burke's Law, 1965
  • "Lucy, the Rain Goddess," The Lucy Show, CBS, 1966
  • Achmed, "Get Me to Mecca on Time," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1966
  • "That's No Way Thataway," Laredo, NBC, 1966
  • Grecos, "The Gypsies," The Andy Griffith Show, CBS, 1966
  • Fred, "Virus M for Martian," My Favorite Martian, 1966
  • Standup Bull, "Too Many Books Spoil the Troop," F Troop, 1966
  • Pablo, "Black Market," Garrison's Gorillas, ABC, 1967
  • "Hondo and the Hanging Town," Hondo, ABC, 1967
  • Musician, "The Impossible Mission," Get Smart, NBC, 1968
  • Tony, "War and Crime," Garrison's Gorillas, ABC, 1968
  • Effects man, "A Star Is Not Born," Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., CBS, 1968
  • "Cast Your Bread upon the Water," The Flying Nun, ABC, 1969
  • Hippie, "Flower Power," Family Affair, CBS, 1969
  • "The New Boy," Room 222, ABC, 1970
  • Cop, "Love and Lover's Lane," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971
  • Alan Austen, "Helpful," Emergency, NBC, 1972
  • Ernie Walker, "A Collection of Eagles," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1973
  • Voice, Inch High, Private Eye, NBC, 1973
  • "Indictment," Toma, ABC, 1974
  • Jack Burton, "Primal Scream" (also known as "The Humanoids"), Kolchak:The Night Stalker (also known as The Night Stalker), ABC, 1975
  • "Profile in Evil," Amy Prentiss, NBC, 1975
  • Marty Paris, "Doomed Alibi," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1975
  • Rhyme and Reason, ABC, 1975
  • Panelist, The Gong Show, NBC and syndicated, 1976
  • Panelist, The $1.98 Beauty Show, syndicated, 1978
  • Sugar Daddy, "Parlez Vous," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978
  • Celebrity Charades, syndicated, 1979
  • "The Spoonmaker Diamond/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982
  • "Pirouette," Supertrain, NBC, 1979
  • Himself, "The Japanese Connection," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1981
  • "Youth Takes a Holiday," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • "Love and the Second Honeymoon," New Love, American Style, ABC, 1985
  • "Love and the Earring," New Love, American Style, ABC, 1986
  • Substitute host, WordPlay, NBC, 1986
  • Theo Wexler, "A Little Night Work," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988
  • Storytime, PBS, 1994
  • Himself, "Guess Who's Sleeping in Lincoln's Bed?" Women of the House, CBS, 1995
  • Voice, "The Sign Painter's Dream," Reading Rainbow, 1995
  • Himself, "Sarah's Vestigial Organ," Men Behaving Badly, NBC, 1996
  • Voice of Mr. Wacko, "The High Life," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1997
  • Doug Hanson, "Drill for Death," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998
  • Dry cleaner, "Millennium Bug," Mad about You, NBC, 1999
  • "A&E Biography: Nina van Horn," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 2000
  • Guest player on Body Language; guest panelist on The Cross-Wits and The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour; also appeared on The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, and The Red Skelton Show, NBC and CBS.
  • Movies
  • Snuffy McCann, Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, NBC, 1979
  • Studsky, Murder Can Hurt You!, ABC, 1980
  • Mickey Fine, Return of the Rebels, CBS, 1981
  • Larry Melody, For Love or Money, CBS, 1984
  • Himself, A Masterpiece of Murder (also known as A Nice Pleasant, Deadly Weekend, and A Nice Pleasant, Deadly Weekend in Palm Springs), NBC, 1986
  • Colonel Friederick, Combat High (also known as Combat Academy), NBC, 1986
  • Michael Reuben, Run Till You Fall, CBS, 1988
  • Miniseries
  • Yasser Hafiz, The Blue Knight, NBC, 1973
  • Specials
  • Joys (also known as Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys"),NBC, 1976
  • The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl, 1977
  • Circus of the Stars #3, CBS, 1979
  • Circus of the Stars #4, CBS, 1979
  • Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, 1980
  • Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary, 1980
  • Circus of the Stars #6, CBS, 1981
  • Maxwell Q. Klinger, M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen, 1983
  • Circus of the Stars #8, 1983
  • Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars #9, CBS, 1984
  • Detroit host, CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1984
  • Anything for a Laugh--Twenty Years of the Best of the Chuck Barris Show, ABC, 1985
  • The Real Trivial Pursuit, ABC, 1985
  • The Wildest West Show of the Stars, CBS, 1986
  • Judge, The 1989 Mother/Daughter USA Pageant, syndicated, 1989
  • Himself and Maxwell Q. Klinger, Memories of M*A*S*H, CBS, 1991
  • "Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO,1991
  • TV's All-Time Favorites, CBS, 1995
  • Television Work
  • Director of "Friends and Enemies," an episode of M*A*S*H, CBS, andepisodes of After M*A*S*H.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Ali Hakim, Oklahoma!, Pantages Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,1979
  • (Broadway debut) Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls, Martin Beck Theatre, 1993-1995
  • Oscar Madison, The Odd Couple, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1997
  • Made stage debut as a shore patrolman and understudy for the role of Ensigna, Mr. Roberts, Las Palmas, Theatre Los Angeles, CA; also appeared in Lend Me a Tenor, Broadway production, New York City; and in a dinnertheatre production of Murder at Howard Johnson's.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured as Oscar Madison, The Odd Couple, and as Clem Rogers, Will Rogers Follies.
  • Autobiography
  • Just Farr Fun, 1996

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, May 16, 1983

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