Whatever happened to Gary Burghoff, who played Radar on "M.A.S.H.?" - M.L.S., Grosse Ile, Mich.
Stats: Born May 24, 1940, in Bristol, Conn. Attended public schools in Delavan, Wis. Married once, two children.Early years: Burghoff joined the Bud Wilber Orchestra as singer/drummer while still in high school. The group played clubs in Milwaukee. He also made his stage debut while in high school. He went to New York, where he studied acting and worked with his combo "The We Three Trio." After doing regional theater, he opened off Broadway in the title role of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." When the show played Los Angeles, director Robert Altman saw Burghoff and cast him as Radar O'Reilly in the 1970 feature "M.A.S.H."
Famous for: For eight years (one in the movie, seven seasons on TV), Burghoff played Radar, the gentle, naive Iowa farm boy who was the heart of the 4077 MASH. He was the only member of the movie cast to repeat his role in the hit series.
In recent years: Burghoff left "M.A.S.H." in 1979, midway in the run, claiming he was burned out. He did TV guest roles and tried a 1984 pilot in which Radar became a big-city cop. When not doing dinner theater, he lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.
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