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Jamie Farr, 88, looks ‘wonderful’ and claims prayer has altered his life

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Jamie Farr achieved success as an actor years ago, along with the fame that entailed. His genuine pleasure, however, came with the discovery of his faith and the lady who loved him before he had fame or money.

Jamie Farr grew up in a low-income family, where he learned ideals that he would take with him for the rest of his life. His parents, who were happily married, managed a grocery business and helped their son in any way they could.

Jamie Farr wearing round wire-rimmed glasses, for director Richard Brooks’s film, ‘Blackboard Jungle’. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Farr spoke about his parents and how they taught him morality, especially how they helped the destitute in their neighbourhood whenever they could in a 2022 interview.

His father would frequently keep the ends of cold meats to distribute to the starving folks in their community. “In those days, you didn’t call them homeless – they were tramps or hobos – and they would stop in, and my dad would make them sandwiches,” Farr recounted. They’d ask if they could do anything in exchange, and my father would answer, ‘No, that’s just fine.’”

Actor Jamie Farr and wife Joy Ann Richards attend 10th Anniversary Party for People Magazine on June 14, 1984 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Farr was born in Toledo and spent much of his childhood making fun of his peers who teased him about his nose. His trust in God inspired the boy and later young man to pursue acting.

“… I thought God had called me to be an actor, to entertain and even help people.” And I’d worked hard for it,” he explained.

Farr’s hard effort eventually paid off when he was cast in a 1992 production of “Guys and Dolls” after Nathan Lane was unable to perform. Farr was hired as the other actor’s replacement in the Broadway production for the role of Nathan Detroit.


Prior to his Broadway debut, the actor enrolled in acting school at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He was also cast in tiny roles in films such as “No Time for Sergeants” and “The Blackboard Jungle.”

Following his cinematic roles, he was stationed in Japan and Korea. When he returned, he had lost all of his acting momentum, having been overtaken by colleagues such as Clint Eastwood, Dennis Weaver, and Robert Blake. He felt pessimistic about his prospects in the film industry.

Joy Richards, his fiancee at the time, was one of his most ardent supporters at this time. Farr couldn’t afford an engagement ring for his future bride, but he did offer to drive her to work.

The actor was distraught, but he turned to God for help, frequently attending church to seek an answer. One eventually came to him.

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A new large studio would arise and produce a film about Jesus’ life titled “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It would be directed by George Stevens.

Farr immediately called his agent and said, “Meyer, they’re putting on this Bible movie.” With my beautiful Middle-Eastern features, there has to be a role for me.”

The actor prayed while waiting for a response from his agency, and he was ready when he was ordered to send over a reel of himself. He prayed again as he waited for the studio’s response, but he soon found out he wasn’t needed for the picture.

On his second visit, the actor did not light any candles or offer any money to the church’s collection box, and he felt more lost than ever.

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The studio, however, changed its mind and offered Farr the character of Nathaniel Bartholomew in the film. He instantly apologised to St. Jude for not believing, and then called his fiancee to tell her they could finally start wedding plans.

Farr’s agency contacted with another alteration from the studio, who wanted Farr to play Apostle Thaddeus. Soon after, the actor discovered that the entire name of Apostle Thaddeus is Jude Thaddeus-Saint Jude, the Apostle of the Hopeless, and the figure to whom Farr had been devoting all of his prayers.

Needless to say, the event humbled the star.

He was only a 27-year-old nobody when he proposed to his now-wife. However, this new opportunity eventually led to his success, allowing the two to marry and remain financially comfortable.


In 1963, the couple married. Farr gazed up at Jesus’ apostles and spotted St. Jude at their church ceremony, surrounded by relatives and family.

“I like to think he was my best man,” Farr remarked.

Farr was frequently the partner who cooked dinner while his wife worked at initially. They eventually had two children. Farr’s breakout role was as Maxwell Klinger on the hit television show “MAS*H.”

With his most notable job, Farr was finally able to buy his wife a suitable ring and provide for his family. Along with his 60-year marriage, the now 88-year-old had a brilliant career on television, theatre, and movies.

In a 2011 interview, the actress stated, “I do so enjoy life that I’d hate to leave it.”

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