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Gary Burghoff

Highest Rated:   87% M*A*S*H (1970)
Lowest Rated:   87% M*A*S*H (1970)
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American actor Gary Burghoff was the son of a Connecticut clockworks executive and a professional dancer. Under the aegis of his mother (the dancer), Burghoff studied tap dancing from age 5; he also trained himself to be a professional drummer, despite the fact that he'd been born with three deformed fingers on his left hand. Turning to acting, Burghoff found that his high piping voice and his 5'6" frame consigned him to child and teenager roles - which became a blessing when he was cast in the title role of the off-broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1967. Director Robert Altman cast Burghoff as Cpl. "Radar" O'Reilly in his antiwar comedy M*A*S*H (1970); the name Radar was derived from the character's uncanny ability to anticipate what people were going to say and to sense when the "choppers" were bringing incoming wounded into the "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" of the film's acronymic title. When M*A*S*H was converted into a TV situation comedy in 1972, Burghoff was the only member of the original movie cast to be signed for the series (It was not his first TV stint; he'd been a regular on 1970's Don Knotts Show). The actor played company clerk Radar from 1972 through 1979, winning an Emmy in the process and endearing himself to millions of fans. Not all his costars found Burghoff as lovable as Radar; he could be somewhat bullheaded on the set, especially when he felt that others weren't working to their fullest capacity. Except for occasional guest-star appearances - including an inevitable spot on Murder She Wrote, that settlement house of former sitcom stars - Burghoff hasn't worked much since M*A*S*H. This inactivity was by choice, in that Burghoff preferred to devote his time to his numerous pro-ecology and Animal Rights causes. In the late 1980s, Gary Burghoff was reunited with several of his M*A*S*H costars in a series of elaborately produced IBM television commercials. He would go on to make a smattering of apperances on TV, on shows like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Daniel's Lot
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Behind the Waterfall
  • Mr Conners
1995
No Score Yet Small Kill
  • Fleck / Lady Esmerelda
1993
No Score Yet Doubles
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Video Guide to Stamp Collecting
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Carnival of the Animals
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet W*A*L*T*E*R (Walter)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Carnival of the Animals
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Casino
  • Bill Taylor
1980
No Score Yet The Man in the Santa Claus Suit
  • Bob Willis
1979
No Score Yet B.S. I Love You
  • Ted
1971
87% M*A*S*H
  • Radar O'Reilly
1970
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - V. 5
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Alan Akroy

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