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Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist

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From its opening pages, Mike Farrell’s new memoir reveals the distinctive voice of a man for whom life is an ongoing odyssey of self-discovery, personal commitment, and uncompromising social engagement.

With deep insight and disarming candor, Farrell describes his early years as a timid but restless teenager in West Hollywood, delivering groceries to the homes of Jack Benny
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by RDV Books (first published 2007)
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Scott Holstad
Aug 23, 2013 Scott Holstad rated it liked it
Mike Farrell is an interesting man. I bought this book (for fifty cents at a used bookstore) because of my love for his character in MASH. Truthfully, that's what I thought the book might be about, although it's subtitled "A Journey to Actor and Activist." I just had no idea what an activist Mike is! It's really overwhelming. I mean, if he's done half of what he claims to have done, he should be sainted. He traveled to numerous south and central American countries like El Salvador to document hu ...more
Leslie Shades
Jun 16, 2013 Leslie Shades rated it it was amazing
This book was a bit of a challenge for me in some parts. The horror that this man has seen is balanced with the methodical pure action he has taken every step of the way. Having started out with a very human need to be seen, he accomplishes that AND passes it along to all of the down-trodden, ill-informed, forgotten, and often terrified of living out loud (young and old) people he has encountered.
His second marriage to his hero (his words) Shelley Fabares was and still is a tribute to his commit
Jan 04, 2009 Midoil1 rated it really liked it
What I learned from Mike's story is that he is something much more than the guy who played B.J. Hunnicut on MASH. He is one of our staunchist fighters for the abolishment of the death penalty. He has been asked to go on human rights missions to many countries to report on what our socalled War On Communism has done to those regions. And, one major point he made that I have managed to grasp with both my brain cells is what he learned during therapy after his first marriage failed. He said that he ...more
May 10, 2008 Surreysmum rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, actors, 2008, owned
When I asked for this for Christmas, I wasn't expecting much more than a standard fluffy Hollywood autobiography. That'll serve me right for not realizing Mike Farrell is such a man of substance.

Of course in one way I was disappointed not to have more anecdotes from the set of MASH, but Farrell's life, and the causes he has been involved with, have been way more interesting than those of most actors. And since he's on the side of the angels politically (in my view, anyway), it was not just an in
I really, really liked it. I learned alot about the activist causes he was in and was reminded of how weird things were in the '80s and '90s. They are now too. And I was reminded how much I liked Providence the show and was happy to see what stuff he produced as films and programs, etc. He seems very human and cool and real. And I didn't know that he was a part of the Patch Adams and I didn't know how much of a shande it was in terms of creation. I'm sorry, I didn't know it when I saw it in the ...more
May 11, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I really enjoyed this book, especially the conclusion. This is an important read. I found myself agreeing with him on a lot of things. Farrell makes many salient points and even if you don't agree with everything he says, he sparks your interest. He has a man who puts his money where his mouth is. He has been to the places he discusses. He has served on numerous committees. He knows of which he speaks and has the life experience to back it up. I will no doubt be researching a lot of events he di ...more
Jun 30, 2012 g-na rated it liked it
Before reading this I knew nothing of Mike Farrell so it was interesting to learn a bit about his youth and his life. It turns out he has been a life-long activist in support of human rights which of course is a nobel cause. To be honest, it wasn't until I finished the chapters talking about his involvement with M*A*S*H that I realized that was the reason I was reading the book; I wanted to hear more about the TV series. For that reason I did skim through the latter third of the book. Still, it ...more
Ryan Mishap
I had no idea that the actor who played B.J. Hunnicut on MASH was a stand-up human rights activist. From delegations to Central America in the 1980’s, to anti-death penalty activism, Farrel tells us about his life fighting the progressive good fight. Interspersed with bits about his TV and film career, this is an engaging, sharp, funny, and worthwhile read. Weird, huh? Anecdotes like the time he assisted in the surgery on Salvadorian rebel Nadia Diaz’s hand while she was held prisoner showcase t ...more
Sep 09, 2008 Marc rated it really liked it
I had no idea Mike Ferrell was involved in so many worthwhile humanitarian activities: international human rights, prisoner's rights, anti-death penalty...I also didn't know he was responsible for getting "Patch Adams, M.D." made. And his adventures on M.A.S.H. and his life story...all here. Fascinating reading.
Jenny Hawley
May 09, 2013 Jenny Hawley rated it it was amazing
A great book - and so much more than I was expecting. I got this at the SPCA book sale one year just because I love M*A*S*H*. Honestly, there wasn't much about M*A*S*H*, but I learned so much more about his amazing life and all the good work he does. He is the poster child for liberal causes. I am very glad I read this book
Nov 24, 2011 Mike rated it did not like it
its an interesting book for sure but would have rather read just about his acting accomplishments and how he got there..he started mixing in his political activism and that turned me off. Got to about page 150 and simply did not read any more.
Sarah Hayes
Jan 03, 2015 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it
I did not realize until reading this book how much of a political activist and globe-trotting badass Mike Farrell is. Wowzers. He certainly has lived a busy and bumpy life; being on M*A*S*H has only been a small slice of it. Having said that, he'll always be BJ to me.
May 20, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
As heard on "Mid-Day" on WYPR. Sounds like he has radical (that's a good thing) views on incarceration and the death penalty.
Oct 29, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I got to attend a reading he gave in town. He is really an amazing man, who has done fantastic work to further the greater good in the US and around the world.
Nov 05, 2008 Solkon rated it it was amazing
I heard him speak athe the Brandeis Book and Author luncheon and purchased his book. He is a very modest and special man . He has made a very positive difference in our world.
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Mike Farrell is best known for his eight years on M*A*S*H and five seasons on Providence. He is also a writer, director, and producer. He serves as cochair emeritus of Human Rights Watch in Southern California, and cofounded Artists United to Win Without War. As president of Death Penalty Focus, he speaks, writes, and coordinates efforts to stop executions. He lives in Los Angeles. (from the publi ...more
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