Jamie Farr looks ‘great’ at 88 and says prayer changed his life

Jamie Farr, known for his role as Maxwell Klinger on “MAS*H,” found true happiness in the faith and unwavering support of his wife, Joy Ann Richards. Before fame, Farr grew up in a low-income household with parents who instilled in him the values that shaped his life.

In an interview in 2022, Farr recalled how his parents, who ran a grocery store, taught him moral values. They helped the homeless in their neighborhood, his father making sandwiches for those in need. Those early experiences influenced Farr’s commitment to faith and helping others.

Born in Toledo, Farr was teased because of his nose, but his faith in God led him to pursue his career in acting. Despite financial difficulties, he took acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse, landing minor roles in films like “No Time for Sergeants” and “The Blackboard Jungle.” After a stint in Japan and Korea, Farr faced a setback in his acting career.

During this difficult time, his fiancée, Joy Richards, supported him. Unable to afford an engagement ring, Farr supported her as a bookkeeper. Despite feeling discouraged about his future as an actor, Farr turned to God for guidance.

Desperate for a breakthrough, Farr heard about a major studio producing “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” a film about the life of Jesus. Despite the initial rejection, the studio had a change of heart and offered Farr the role of the Apostle Thaddeus, also known as Jude Thaddeus – the character to whom he had prayed.

Humbled by the experience, Farr’s career took a positive turn. He married Joy in 1963 and the couple had two children. Farr found major success as Maxwell Klinger on “MAS*H,” providing financial stability for his family.

Reflecting on life in a 2011 interview, Farr expressed his joy and appreciation for life, noting his enduring 60-year marriage to Joy.

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