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Name: Gary Burghoff                                                                   
Born: 24 May 1943 Bristol, Connecticut                                                 
Gary Burghoff (born May 24, 1943 in Bristol, Connecticut) is an American actor,       
best known for playing the character Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly in       
the M*A*S*H series and Charlie Brown in the 1967 off-Broadway musical You're a         
Good Man, Charlie Brown.                                                               
Burghoff got his start in both acting and drumming during his high school years       
in Delavan, Wisconsin. Episode 24 Season 1 of the M*A*S*H television series           
titled "Showtime" features Radar playing a solo on the drums. It is a                 
misconception that the sound was dubbed in; it is actually Gary Burghoff's             
He left M*A*S*H after season 7 because of burnout and a desire to spend more           
time with his family, though he returned in season 8 to film a special 2-part         
farewell episode, "Goodbye Radar".                                                     
Although several actors from the original MASH film made guest appearances in         
the television series, Burghoff was the only actor cast as a regular.                 
Gary also frequently appeared on the game show Match Game in the 1970s, both as       
a stand-in for regular Charles Nelson Reilly and also as the "special male guest"     
occupying seat one. He also appeared on an episode of The Love Boat.                   
He appeared regularly on TV, making appearances on other game shows as well like       
Tattletales and Showoffs. He also appeared in a little-known comedy from 1971, B.S.   
I Love You. His M*A*S*H character Radar O'Reilly was spun off into an unsold TV       
show called W*A*L*T*E*R.                                                               
In addition to acting, Burghoff also works as a professional jazz drummer,             
heading the trio The We Three, and as a wildlife painter. His other activities         
include outdoorsmanship and rifle shooting.                                           
Burghoff is an avid philatelist and was the star of a United States Postal             
Service video for beginning stamp collectors.                                         
An interesting detail about Burghoff is that his left hand is withered and             
misshapen with the fingers being very short—no cause is known about it though it     
is presumed to be a birth defect. In M*A*S*H, he is often seen carrying a             
clipboard or other object to conceal the defect.                                       
Burghoff was married to Janet Gayle, from 1971 to 1979; they had one child             
before the marriage ended in divorce. In 1985, he married Elisabeth Bostrom;           
they have two children together. Burghoff currently resides in Paradise,               
California and appears in TV ads for local doctors.