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

Leaving the battlefields of the military-medical comedy M*A*S*H, Gary Burghoff, who played the sweet yet sneaky Radar, surrendered his career to fixing his family, which was slowly breaking down.

Recently, the 79-year-old Emmy-winning actor became a grandfather when his son, Miles “Sonar” Burghoff, had a baby girl.Gary Burghoff (Photo by Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

In late March 2023, Miles posted a photo of him holding his newly-born daughter. The caption reads, “I caught the best 8-pounder of my life today! Everyone meet Rylee Elisabeth Burghoff!”

Inheriting his father’s love of fishing, Miles is a professional angler. “He’s the one who really started me out,” the younger Burghoff said at a fishing tournament.

His father answered, “I’m just here to offer moral support. This is a testament to parents doing what they love with their kids.”

Though Miles didn’t follow the same career trail as his father, he does have a name reminiscent of the famous Radar. “I was dubbed the name Sonar because my father had the role of Radar on the TV series M*A*S*H,” Miles said.

Miles and his brother Jordan are the sons of Burghoff and his second wife, Elizabeth Bolstrom, whom he married in 1985 and divorced in 2005. Bolstrom died in November 2019.Gary Burghoff, circa 1974. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Burghoff also has a daughter, Gena Gayle Burghoff, who was born in 1985, with his first wife, Janet Gayle, whom he divorced in 1979.

When Burghoff left M*A*S*H, he didn’t leave with much.

“I didn’t leave M*A*S*H a wealthy man,” Burghoff said in an interview with People. “I could have renegotiated my contract, but money wasn’t the most important thing in my life…You either want to be rich and famous, or you want to be a daddy. You can’t do both.”

Rejecting several offers for roles in 1980’s sitcoms, including a part on Newhart, Burghoff instead chose regional theater. He added, “I wanted to pick the number of weeks I’d work and spend the rest of the time with my family.”

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