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.
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.