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‘M*A*S*H’: Jamie Farr Revealed Legendary Hollywood Actor’s Dress He Wore as Klinger

Wardrobe selection matters, especially for “M*A*S*H” actor Jamie Farr in his role of Cpl. Max Klinger. One outfit had a little history. Obviously, if you have seen “M*A*S*H” reruns, then you know Klinger was always trying to get out of the Army. He wore dresses as a way to show Cols. Henry Blake and Sherman Potter that he deserved a Section 8, which would send Klinger home to Toledo, Ohio.
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‘M*A*S*H’: Why Jamie Farr Said it Was ‘Hard’ Losing Gary Burghoff’s ‘Radar’ After He Left Program

Take it from Corporal Klinger, the M*A*S*H set never was the same without Radar. That’s according to the fabulous character actor Jamie Farr, who looked back at his time on M*A*S*H during an interview in 2011. The Archive of American Television was documenting Farr’s thoughts and perspective as part of its ongoing series looking at classic TV shows.
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‘M*A*S*H’ Star Jamie Farr Once Explained Cast’s Lack of Biographies, Why He Wrote His Own

In 1995, M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr opened up about why none of the cast members had written a memoir about their time on the hit TV show. Farr, who is best known for his role as Corporal Max Klinger, was a fan favorite of the wildly popular ’70s and ’80s television show. His goofy, cross-dressing character forever tried (and failed) to get a Section 8 discharge from the military.
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‘M*A*S*H’ Star Jamie Farr Didn’t Believe the Show Would Be the Next ‘I Love Lucy’ at the Time

When a new TV show starts, no one knows whether it will be a hit. “M*A*S*H” star Jamie Farr never expected its long-lasting success. “I didn’t think the show was going to be what it was,” Farr said in an interview with the Academy of American Television. “I remember one day, ah, I’m trying to remember what year it was, but (“M*A*S*H” TV show creator and writer) Larry Gelbart said, ‘You know, get ready because we’re the next ‘I Love Lucy.’“
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‘M*A*S*H’: Why Did Jamie Farr Stop Recurring Gag of Wearing Women’s Clothes in Later Years?

One of the things that stands out about “M*A*S*H” is Corporal Klinger’s habit of wearing women’s clothes. Klinger just wanted out of the military. The military deemed gay or non-gender conforming soldiers mentally unfit to serve, at that time. So, he figured dressing in women’s clothes would be his ticket out of Korea and back to Toledo. Instead, it ended up being a recurring gag for the first seven seasons of the show.