Gary Burghoff left his role as Radar on M*A*S*H to be a daddy, a role he says is more important than money or fame

Acclaimed actor Gary Burghoff endeared himself to audiences with his portrayal of Radar, an 18-year-old drafted into the popular series M*A*S*H, who quickly became everyone’s beloved friend.

His stint on the show garnered him numerous accolades, contributing significantly to his personal brand. However, fans were left disheartened when Gary made the surprising decision to part ways with the show, citing a perceived lack of recognition for his contributions.

While the public narrative centered on Gary’s dissatisfaction, the true reasons behind his departure seem to delve deeper. Reports from the show’s director suggested that Gary was grappling with issues involving his then-wife, Janet Gayle, whom he married in 1971.

Their union brought forth a daughter, Gena, born on July 20, 1975.

In 1979, just two days after Gary’s exit, producers extended a $4 million offer for his return, which would have made him the highest-paid actor of that time.

However, Gary turned down the lucrative offer, choosing instead to prioritize spending time with his family and reconnecting with old friends.

Recently celebrating his 80th birthday, Gary found love again with his second wife, Elizabeth Bolstrom, whom he married in 1985. The couple has two children, Miles and Jordan, with Miles recently becoming a father himself.


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On March 23, 2023, Miles and his wife joyfully welcomed a baby girl into the world.

Sharing their journey on social media, Miles posted heartwarming pictures of his wife’s pregnancy and the subsequent moments with their daughter, Rylee Elisabeth Burghoff, affectionately noting that he had caught “the best 8-pounder” of his life.

Despite not following in his father’s footsteps in acting, Miles shares a profound love for fishing. With Gary as his “mentor and partner” in the sport, Miles pursued a professional fishing career, showcasing the strong bond between father and son.


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Reflecting on his life, Gary, known for his Best Supporting Actor win in 1977, once humorously shared that he missed the awards ceremony because he was out fishing.

This anecdote highlights the significance of fishing in their lives, with Gary stating, “It was my lifetime moment, and I wasn’t there.”

Beyond his entertainment career, Gary remains engaged with social causes. He participated in a video and donated to a GoFundMe campaign aiding those affected by California fires nearly four years ago.

Fans expressed their gratitude, with one noting, “You made me feel, think, and laugh, and I really enjoyed it.”

As we extend our best wishes to Gary, his enduring impact on the entertainment industry and his continued engagement with fans underscore the timeless admiration he commands.

Feel free to share this remarkable journey with your loved ones.