VAN WERT – A busy weekend is ahead at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. After Saturday’s Easton Corbin performance, audiences will be able to settle down and have a wonderful afternoon with Jamie Farr on Sunday.

Originally, Sunday’s event was to be Tuesday’s with Morrie starring Jamie Farr, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, the other actor was not able to make it. However, Farr wanted to honor his commitment to Van Wert and will still be visiting the NPAC.

Farr, most well known for the cross dressing corporal on M*A*S*H will be sitting down with WTVG-TV Chanel 13 of Toledo co-anchor Lee Conklin to discuss his career, to tell funny stories from his life, and will even be showing clips from his work, including of his first movie, “Blackboard Jungle,” and then doing a question and answer session.

“I have a clip of Johnny Carson from the very first network show he did,” said Farr. “Then I have a clip the ‘Cannonball Run’ movies, and then we’ve got some outtakes of M*A*S*H.”

Farr invites visitors to ask him questions about his career and any of the people he’s worked with.

“I look forward to it,” said Farr. “The history of this show business is incredible. When I was a kid most of the stars that were my parents and grandparents stars were my stars as well.”

Farr, a Toledo, Ohio, native, recalled growing up in the farming state. In a recent interview with The Times Bulletin Farr confessed that he has yet to visit Van Wert and looks forward to it. However, he did reminisce about summers he spent as a child in a neighboring city.

“My aunt and uncle had a farm in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I would spent every summer there,” said Farr. “I know Fort Wayne very, very well.”

Farr noted that really great people have come from both Ohio and Indiana that he had met over the years.

“Do you remember James Dean? He’s from Indiana; I spent a whole afternoon with him,” said Farr. “I can tell you all about that afternoon. I even have one of the bricks from the high school he went to that was torn down. I use it as a door stop at my front door in California.”

After leaving the buckeye state at 18-years-old, Farr headed to Hollywood, California. He landed his first professional job as an actor at age 20 in 1954. Farr found his inspiration to be an actor, not through watching television like one might today, but from radio.

“Radio was totally different than what you know it as where they just have music and talks shows,” said Farr. “They used to call it ‘the theatre of the mind’ because they had all these programs, all these comedians, everything that you see on TV – it was all done on radio.”

Farr recalls listening to all of big-time shows, specifically Lucile Ball, Bob Hope, and Red Skelton, and then later being able to work with those same people he had found inspiration from.

“Working with these people was like a fantasy come true,” said Farr.

Farr has worked with many, many legendary entertainers over his decades in the industry. He named Andy Griffith, Lucile Ball, Red Skelton, Charlton Heston, William Holden, Glenn Ford, Doris Day, and many more.

Farr will be talking about the many people he’s worked with over the years and of course, what it was like to have to dress in drag on television in the 70s on M*A*S*H.

“I’ll be talking about how I got the part; how the part was originated; why they decided to do that (cross dress),” said Farr. “I’ve got so many stories of course about M*A*S*H, some of the pranks we used to play on each other.”

“The one important thing about that series is that the last episode, there were 200 million people in the United States and that last episode was watched by 125 million people,” added Farr. “Now, the Super Bowls we’ve had recently actually surpassed our ratings in that show, but we now have 322 million people in the United States and those are special events.”

“But for a television show, I don’t think it will ever be surpassed,” he continued. “Some people can even tell you where they were when they watched it.”

An Evening with Jamie Farr will begin at 3 p.m. at the Niswonger Preforming Arts Center. Anyone with a ticket for Tuesday’s with Morrie will be able to use that ticket for this event. Tickets are available through the NPAC box office or at www.npacvw.org.