Mike Farrell



  • Birth Name: Michael Joseph Farrell
  • Birth Place: St. Paul, MN
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/06/1939, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer; writer
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Mike Farrell Fast Facts:
  • Grew up in West Hollywood, the son of a movie-studio carpenter. Childhood acquaintances included Ricky Nelson and Natalie Wood.
  • Served in the Marine Corps after graduating from Hollywood High School, and was a private detective before going into acting full-time.
  • Played a bellhop (uncredited) in 1967's The Graduate.
  • Met second wife Shelley Fabares in 1970 (14 years before their marriage) when she was a guest on his first series, The Interns.
  • Directed five episodes of M*A*S*H and wrote or co-wrote four, including the 1980 Christmas episode "Death Takes a Holiday," which earned him an Emmy nomination.
  • Provided the voice for Pa Kent in the 1996-2000 WB cartoon series Superman; Fabares voiced Ma Kent.
  • Worked with musician Jello Biafra and director Keith Gordon on the anti-war documentary Whose War? (2006), which focused on the Iraq War.
  • Published his autobiography, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist, in 2007.
  • After a recurring role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, he made guest appearances on Ghost Whisperer and Without a Trace in 2009, and on Miami Medical in 2010.
  • Served on California's Commission on Judicial Performance.
  • Is an avid motorcyclist.
  • Mike Farrell Relationships:
  • Shelley Fabares - Wife
  • Joe Farrell - Father
  • Michael Josh Farrell - Son
  • Agnes Farrell - Mother
  • Erin Farrell - Daughter
  • Judy Farrell - Ex-wife
  • Kathy Farrell - Sister
  • Jim Farrell - Brother
  • Sally Farrell - Sister
  • Mike Farrell Awards:
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA; attended University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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