Closer Weekly

M*A*S*H vet Mike Farrell shares memories of the iconic sitcom, his true love and more.

The M*A*S*H vet endured private battles before achieving happiness

- — Bruce Fretts

Growing up in Hollywood, Mike Farrell dreamed of becoming an actor but feared the disapprova­l of his father, a hard-drinking carpenter. “He never let me know I mattered, and that was what I wanted more than anything else,” Mike, 78, tells Closer. After his dad died when Mike was a teen, he pursued acting and found fame as Korean War surgeon B.J. Hunnicutt on M*A*S*H. But he still felt empty inside, and following the failure of his first marriage, he finally met his soulmate, actress Shelley Fabares (Coach). “She’s the love I was looking for all this time,” Mike says. Now, he opens up about life, fatherhood and his change-of-pace role as a closeted gay mogul on FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassinat­ion of Gianni Versace.

“All human beings are the same. We all want love, respect and attention. That’s been my guidepost for all these

years.”

— Mike

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“She’s fabulous,” Mike gushes of wife Shelley Fabares.

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