It’s possible no one’s had a busier post-“M*A*S*H” career than Mike Farrell — not even Alan Alda! After Rogers’ departure, Farrell joined the cast as Hawkeye’s replacement drinking buddy Captain B.J. Hunnicutt. Sporting a bushy mustache, he was something of a sex symbol at a time when mustaches were upper-lip aphrodisiacs. Farrell stayed until the end of the series and backed away from acting for a while to focus on political causes. He was an observer for Amnesty International during the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s and was a prominent critic of the Iraq War in the 2000s. As for his entertainment career, he formed a production company with Marvin Minoff, which resulted in the 1988 two-hander “Dominick and Eugene” (starring Ray Liotta and Tom Hulce) and, a decade later, Robin Williams’ funny-doctor vehicle “Patch Adams.”
Farrell served as the Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2002 to 2005, and, after a five-season run on NBC’s hour-long “Providence,” has popped up here and there on shows like “Desperate Housewives,” “Without a Trace” and the Gianni Versace season of “American Crime Story.” Once a working actor, always a working actor.