Despite a half-century career in television, Jamie Farr will forever be best known as the cross-dressing Cpl. Klinger on the beloved television series "M*A*S*H."
The Lebanese-American actor set his sights on an acting career at a young age. At the Pasadena Playhouse, he was discovered by an MGM talent scout who cast him in the urban high school drama “The Blackboard Jungle.” Despite his early success, Farr’s acting career was put on hiatus while he served a two-year tour of duty in Korea.
Returning from military service, Farr initially found it difficult to regain his professional momentum, and at one point worked as a hand at a chinchilla ranch. Throughout the ’60s, Farr was a fixture on network television, guest starring on virtually every big-name show, from “I Dream of Jeannie” to “Get Smart.”