"I always tell everybody, 'that's an original character.' Because every time any man put on women's clothing, it was either as a disguise, like in "Some Like it Hot" or "Charley's Aunt", or they're trying to be silly. But nobody had ever put it on and just played it straight, just as a guy. Klinger was an original."
About This Interview
In his nearly four-hour Archive interview, actor Jamie Farr describes his childhood in Toledo and his foray into acting. He describes his training at the Pasadena Playhouse, his role in the film Blackboard Jungle, and his extensive work with comedian Red Skelton. Farr speaks of his service during the Korean War, and briefly touches on his many television appearances throughout the 1960s on programs like My Three Sons, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and I Dream of Jeannie. Farr then details the role and show for which he's best known - that of "Maxwell Q. Klinger" on M*A*S*H. He recalls working with the cast and crew members, what a typical production week was like, and comments on specific episodes. He also talks about After MASH, and his involvement with game shows including The Gong Show and Hollywood Squares. Nancy Harrington conducted the interview on December 15, 2011 in Bell Canyon, CA.