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Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthJuly 1, 1934
SpouseJoy Ann Richards
MarkThick, nasally voice.
FactHe graduated from Woodward High School with honors and was named most outstanding student. In addition to writing and acting in two variety shows, Jamie was a member of the Drama Society, class president for three years, feature editor of the school newspaper, president of the radio class, manager of the football and basketball teams and a member of the varsity tennis team.

Jamie Farr (born Jameel Joseph Farah; July 1, 1934) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for playing the role of Maxwell Q. Klinger in the CBS television series M*A*S*H.

Farr was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Lebanese-American parents Jamil and Julia Farah. His father owned a grocery store. He was raised Catholic and attended Central Catholic High School.

After high school, Farr worked at his father’s store before enlisting in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.

After his discharge from the Army, Farr began working as a stand-up comedian in nightclubs. He made his television debut on The Jack Paar Show in 1957.

In 1963, Farr appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the episode “My Motherboard, My Self” as a TV repairman.

In 1964, he appeared on The Jack Benny Program in the episode “TV or Not TV” as a contestant on a game show.

In 1965, Farr appeared on The Steve Allen Show in the episode “The Private Life of a Private Eye” as a private investigator.

In 1967, he guest-starred on an episode of I Spy as an Arab sheik.

In 1968, he guest-starred on an episode of Get Smart as an Egyptian agent.

In 1972, Farr was cast as Maxwell Q. Klinger in the CBS television series M*A*S*H. He played the role for 11 seasons, from 1972 to 1983.

In 1975, Farr appeared in the film The Black Bird as a mobster.

In 1980, he appeared in the film The Nude Bomb as a terrorist.

In 1982, he appeared in the film Pink Floyd – The Wall as a teacher.

In 1983, he appeared in the film Cannonball Run II as a truck driver.

In 1984, he appeared in the film City Heat as a police officer.

In 1985, he appeared in the film The Black Cauldron as a soldier.

In 1986, he appeared in the film The Transformers: The Movie as a soldier.

In 1987, he appeared in the film RoboCop as a police officer.

In 1988, he appeared in the film They Live as a construction worker.

In 1989, he appeared in the film Speed Zone as a truck driver.

In 1990, he appeared in the film Dick Tracy as a mobster.

In 1991, he appeared in the film Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear as a police officer.

In 1992, he appeared in the film Wayne’s World as a security guard.

In 1993, he appeared in the film Coneheads as an alien.

In 1994, he appeared in the film Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult as a police officer.

In 1995, he appeared in the film Jumanji as a security guard.

In 1996, he appeared in the film Spy Hard as a construction worker.

In 1997, he appeared in the film Men in Black as an alien.

In 1998, he appeared in the film Jack Frost as a construction worker.

In 1999, he appeared in the film Galaxy Quest as an alien.

Farr has been married three times. His first marriage was to Sharon Kennedy in 1960; they divorced in 1966. His second marriage was to Beverly Safier in 1967; they divorced in 1972. His third marriage was to Joy Ann Richards in 1978; they are still married. He has three children: Jameel Jr., Yasmine, and Noah.

General Info

Full NameJamie Farr
Net Worth$3 million
Salary$3 million
Date Of BirthJuly 1, 1934
Height1.75 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Actor
EducationUniversity of Toledo


SpouseJoy Ann Richards
ChildrenYvonne Farr, Jonas Farr
ParentsJamelia M. Abodeely, Samuel N. Farah
SiblingsYvonne Farah


MoviesThe Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, Scrooged, Blackboard Jungle, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Who's Minding the Mint?, With Six You Get Eggroll, Speed Zone, Curse II: The Bite, Three Violent People, Heavy Traffic, A Grandpa for Christmas, Ride Beyond Vengeance, Fearless Tiger, Combat Academy, Th...
TV ShowsWordplay, AfterMASH, M*A*S*H, The $1.98 Beauty Show, The Chicago Teddy Bears

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#Marks / Signs
1Thick, nasally voice.
2His nose. (Frequently the subject of many jokes on M*A*S*H (1972). In one episode Klinger says his nose even has its own serial number).


1[Of Harry Morgan]: Harry was the father figure, he passed away. We've all been through the internet, exchanging our thought about our friend. So meaningful he was to us, as individuals to the show, to the cast. We had so many great stories about him. He was a father figure for us.
2[on the death of his professional on- and off-screen chemistry with Harry Morgan, who played Col. Sherman Potter]: Harry was very special to all of us cast members. Not only was he a wonderful performer that made such a difference ... he was a dear friend to every cast member. He was absolutely a pixie, a gremlin as mischievous as all get out. You couldn't be around Harry for very long without wanting to embrace him and I think our Lord will feel the same way.
3[on life after M*A*S*H (1972)] It's a difficult thing to overcome, but I've been quite fortunate. I haven't been out of work, literally since "M*A*S*H" went out of production.
4[on doing theater] When you leave the theater, you didn't see Klinger, you saw George Burns or you saw Applegate.
5[on playing himself with Rodney Dangerfield in a special] I gave a line reading, and he turned to me and said, "No, you wouldn't say it that way".
6[on Loretta Swit] She was funny and beautiful. A body that just makes a man feel like a real man.
7[on what happened to all the dresses after the show ended] I took them home, okay? Is that what you wanted to hear? Actually, all those dresses were mine. I used my own dresses, bras, panties, hats and shoes.
8[asked if he enjoyed wearing womens clothes on M*A*S*H (1972)] I was doing that before the show. It was a delight.
9[on why he did Circus of the Stars (1977)] I looked good in the tights. Plus, I have a thing for a woman in clown makeup.
10The benefits from stardom as Klinger outweigh any setbacks. It's a double-edged sword. What makes you famous is what interferes with getting other roles. But there are things that never would have happened without M*A*S*H (1972). There certainly would be no Jamie Farr Kroger Golf Classic.


1Acting mentor of Danny Thomas and Harry Morgan.
2With the encouragement of Danny Thomas, he chose to become an actor.
3Danny Thomas was said to be his mentor, and had a lot in common with his family.
4Since the early 1990s, he has battled severe rheumatoid arthritis in his hands.
5Was in attendance at the "Miracle on Ice" game between the USA vs USSR at the Olympics in Lake Placid NY. He said that there was a ticket available but he ended up on the Russian side surrounded by Soviet dignitaries.
6Mentioned by 'Weird Al' Yankovic in the lyrics of the track, "Everything You Know is Wrong", on his "Bad Hair Day" album.
7Best remembered by the public for his role as "Corporal (later Sergeant) Max Klinger" on the television series M*A*S*H (1972).
8In the later years of M*A*S*H (1972), especially after he took on the role of company clerk when "Radar" (Gary Burghoff) left, he stopped his recurring gag of wearing women's clothes because he didn't want his children being teased about it growing up.
9Endorsed the Mars candy bar in the early 80s.
10Is on the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board. [2005]
11His M*A*S*H (1972) character was originally only supposed to be on one episode, but he proved so popular that he returned as a day player, and Farr was finally given a contract in year 3.
12Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 154. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
13Farr thought at first the women's wardrobe in his dressing room meant he'd be sharing the room with a woman, but was surprised to learn otherwise. Not wanting to play a cross-dresser in the typical girlish way, he suggested to the producers that his character be manly, but crazy, thinking his clothes and other quirks were normal. The unusual spin worked.
14Grandfather of Dorian.
15Father of son, Jonas Farr, and daughter, Yvonne Farr.
16Served a two-year stretch in the U. S. Army in Japan during the Korean War
17Worked as a delivery person for a lithograph company, a post office clerk, an Army-surplus store clerk, an airline reservations clerk, and an employee at a chinchilla ranch
18Attended the Pasadena Playhouse
19He graduated from Woodward High School with honors and was named most outstanding student. In addition to writing and acting in two variety shows, Jamie was a member of the Drama Society, class president for three years, feature editor of the school newspaper, president of the radio class, manager of the football and basketball teams and a member of the varsity tennis team.
20He has an older sister, Yvonne.
21Only son of Samuel, a Lebanese meat cutter and grocer, and Jamelia Farah, a seamstress
22Has an LPGA tournament named in his honor, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic (formerly the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic)
23Was one of two cast members of the original M*A*S*H (1972) television cast to have actually served in the armed forces in Korea; Farr's tour of duty came in the years after the war. Alan Alda served a six month tour as a gunnery officer in Korea. In addition, the dog tags Farr wore on the M*A*S*H (1972) set were actually his issued set from his time in the Army.




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Hey Arnold!1997TV SeriesMr. Wacko
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You Snooze You Lose1995Dr. Hanley
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Fearless Tiger1991VideoSam Camille
Curse II: The Bite1989Harry Morton
Speed Zone1989The Sheik
Out of This World1988TV SeriesArtie
Scrooged1988Jacob Marley
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesTheo Wexler
Run Till You Fall1988TV MovieMichael Reuben
Happy Hour1986Crummy Fred
Combat High1986TV MovieCol. Frierick
After MASH1983-1985TV SeriesMaxwell Klinger
For Love or Money1984TV MovieLarry Melody
Cannonball Run II1984The Sheik
The Love Boat1978-1983TV SeriesInspector Akmed Sadu of Interpol / Art Fuller / Seymour
M*A*S*H1972-1983TV SeriesCpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Return of the Rebels1981TV MovieMickey Fine
The Cannonball Run1981Sheik
The Gong Show Movie1980Jamie Farr
Murder Can Hurt You!1980TV MovieStudsky
Supertrain1979TV SeriesWade Peters
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill1979TV MovieSnuffy McCann
Barnaby Jones1974-1975TV SeriesMarty Paris / Man at Scrap Yard
Lucas Tanner1975TV SeriesPolice Officer
Amy Prentiss1975TV SeriesSchwartz
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1975TV SeriesJack Burton
Toma1974TV Series
Inch High, Private Eye1973TV Series
The Blue Knight1973TV MovieYasser Hafiz
The All-American Boy1973Vendor (uncredited)
Heavy Traffic1973
Emergency!1972-1973TV SeriesAlan Austen
The Streets of San Francisco1973TV SeriesErnie Walker
Class of '551972TV Movie
The New Scooby-Doo Movies1972TV Series 1973-1974
Love, American Style1972TV SeriesOfficer McGillis (segment "Love and Lover's Lane")
The Chicago Teddy Bears1971TV SeriesDuke / Lefty
Tora! Tora! Tora!1970Multiple Characters (English version, voice, uncredited)
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Gomer Pyle: USMC1965-1968TV SeriesEffects Man / Sergeant
Get Smart1968TV SeriesMusician
With Six You Get Eggroll1968Jo Jo
Garrison's Gorillas1967-1968TV SeriesTony Marcello / Pablo
Hondo1967TV SeriesSmithers / John-Chee
Who's Minding the Mint?1967Mario
Death Valley Days1967TV SeriesDick Gird
Out of Sight1966
F Troop1966TV SeriesStandup Bull / Geronimo's Friend
My Favorite Martian1965-1966TV SeriesFred / Benny
The Andy Griffith Show1966TV SeriesGrecos
Laredo1966TV SeriesThe 1st Indian
I Dream of Jeannie1966TV SeriesAchmed
The Lucy Show1966TV SeriesVince
Ride Beyond Vengeance1966Pete the Blacksmith
Burke's Law1965TV SeriesZava / Lineman / Clinic Informant
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesBloom
The Loved One1965Waiter at English Club (uncredited)
The Donna Reed Show1965TV SeriesWaiter
Broadside1965TV SeriesThe Yeoman
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965Thaddaeus
My Three Sons1964TV SeriesItchy
Hazel1962-1964TV SeriesAntonio / Counterman
The Danny Kaye Show1963TV SeriesHans / Court Reporter
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesJoey
Ensign O'Toole1962TV SeriesPenski
The Third Man1962TV SeriesTojurmain
The Dick Van Dyke Show1961TV SeriesDelivery Boy
The Red Skelton Hour1956-1961TV SeriesSnorkel / Fraternity Brother With Big Nose / Brooks / ...
The Rebel1959-1961TV SeriesPooch / Theodore
Las Vegas Beat1961TV MovieGopher
No Time for Sergeants1958Lt. Gardelli - Co-Pilot (uncredited)
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1957TV SeriesPablo
Three Violent People1956Pedro Ortega (as Jameel Farah)
Diane1956Count Rilolfi's Mute Squire (uncredited)
Kismet1955Orange Merchant (uncredited)
Blackboard Jungle1955Santini (as Jameel Farah)


After MASH1983TV Series 1 episode
M*A*S*HTV Series 4 episodes, 1980 - 1981 performer - 29 episodes, 1974 - 1982


Swiss Family Robinson1976TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan1972TV Series story - 8 episodes
Blue Light1966TV Series writer - 1 episode


After MASH1984TV Series 1 episode
M*A*S*H1983TV Series 1 episode


We Got Him2014Short thanks


Anything for Laughs1985TV MovieHimself
Trivia Trap1984TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #91984TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1984TV SpecialHimself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHimself - Introducer
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1984TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Program
Gala Opening of the American Ballet Theater1984TV MovieHimself
Breakaway1983-1984TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Comedy Program
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Genii Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Comedy Program
The Fall Guy1981TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #61981TV SpecialHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series
Making 'M*A*S*H'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team Captain
The Hollywood Squares1977-1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Big Show1980TV SeriesHimself
Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary1980TV SpecialHimself
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Favourite TV Comedy Award
Circus of the Stars #41979TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
The Alan Hamel Show1979TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars #31979TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Comedian / ...
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team Captain
Dinah!1975-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The $1.98 Beauty Show1978TV SeriesHimself / judge
To Say the Least1977TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team
The Cross-Wits1977TV SeriesHimself
The All-Star Gong Show Special1977TV MovieHimself - Panelist
The Carol Burnett Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The Gong Show1976TV SeriesHimself / panelist
Rhyme and Reason1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Joys1976TV SpecialHimself
New American Bandstand 19651976TV SeriesHimself
The Magnificent Marble Machine1975TV SeriesHimself
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1975TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Carson Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
Bowery Rhapsody: The Rise and Redemption of Hollywood's Original 'Brat Pack'2017Documentary post-productionHimself
A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans2015DocumentaryHimself
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton2014VideoHimself / Snorkel
Never the Same: The Prisoner-of-War Experience2013DocumentaryLt. Schat (voice)
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Glee Club
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself
The Real M*A*S*H2010TV MovieHimself
D.L. Hughley Breaks the News2009TV SeriesHimself
Family Guy2007TV SeriesHimself
9am with David & Kim2006TV SeriesHimself
Mornings with Kerri-Anne2006TV SeriesHimself
Sunrise2006TV SeriesHimself
Where Are They Now2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Pyramid2004TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2001-2003TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
That '70s Show2002-2003TV SeriesHimself
'M*A*S*H': 30th Anniversary Reunion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Corporal Klinger
M*A*S*H: TV Tales2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Just Shoot Me!2000TV SeriesHimself
Men Behaving Badly1996TV SeriesHimself
MADtv1995TV SeriesHimself
Reading Rainbow1995TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
Memories of M*A*S*H1991TV Movie documentaryHimself / Corporal Klinger
The $10,000 Pyramid1986-1991TV SeriesHimself
Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show1991TV MovieHimself
Relatively Speaking1989TV SeriesHimself
Super Password1984-1988TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Blackout1988TV SeriesHimself
Wordplay1987TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Celebrity Double Talk1986TV SeriesHimself
The Wildest West Show of the Stars1986TV MovieHimself
A Masterpiece of Murder1986TV MovieHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
Body Language1984-1985TV SeriesHimself
All Star Blitz1985TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself - The Love Boat
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl2012TV SpecialHimself
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind2002Himself (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1981TV SeriesHimself from NBC Special BOB HOPE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY


Won Awards

1985Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 10 April 1985. At 1547 N. Vine Street.

Nominated Awards

1975Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale New Star of the Year

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