Former M*A*S*H* Star Mike Farrell Gives Overview of Death Penalty at Campus Forum

Former M*A*S*H* Star Mike Farrell Gives Overview of Death Penalty at Campus Forum
Actor Mike Farrell speaks out againt the death penalty during a recent Campus Forum.

Actor and activist Mike Farrell, best known for his portrayal of wise-cracking army surgeon B.J. Hunnicutt in the popular TV-series M*A*S*H*, spoke of his opposition to the death penalty during a recent Campus Forum at Cal Poly Pomona. More than 40 faculty, staff, students and community members attended Farrell?s discussion about ?The Death Penalty in the 21st Century,? on Feb. 12 in the CLA Building.

Farrell is president of Death Penalty Focus of California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through grassroots organizing, research and the dissemination of information on death penalty alternatives. His visit was part of Cal Poly Pomona?s free Campus Forum series, which brings speakers to discuss topics of current and pertinent interest to the campus community.

Farrell starred in M*A*S*H* for eight years (1975-1983), during which time he wrote and directed several episodes that earned him nominations for the Director?s Guild and Emmy Awards.

He also portrayed architect Scott Banning on the NBC daytime soap opera ?Days of Our Lives? (1968), and most recently was seen as veterinarian Jim Hansen on NBC?s ?Providence.?

Farrell also partnered with Marvin Minoff to form Farrell/Minoff Productions, which produced such films as ?Dominick and Eugene? and ?Patch Adams.?

The 64-year-old actor, writer, producer and director is first vice president of the Screen Actor?s Guild and president of Family Motion Pictures.

A dedicated political and social activist, Farrell has served more than two decades as a spokesman for CONCERN/America, an international refugee aid and development organization. Through this organization, he has visited refugee camps in Asia and Central America and helped disseminate information about the organization?s work worldwide. Farrell also serves as co-chair of Human Rights Watch in California, good will ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and as a member of the California State Commission on Judicial Performance.

A life-long opponent of the death penalty, Farrell is a regular lecturer across the country. His comments during the most recent Campus Forum can be reviewed online at

For more information on the Campus Forum series, call Saul Landau, director of digital media and international outreach programs for the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, at (909) 869-3115.