Gary Burghoff’s Net Worth 2023: Revealing the Wealth of the MAS*H Star

By Shristi Pradhan | Published on: January 30, 2024 | Updated on: January 30, 2024
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Gary Burghoff, fully Gary Rich Burghoff one of the renowned actors of the 1900s sitcom MASH has made a considerable net worth over the years. 

Despite his brachydactyly condition, Burghoff has managed to achieve great success in the fields of acting, music, and painting. Although his main source of income has been movies and TV, the man of all seasons has cultivated several talents over the years, turning them into profitable pursuits.

Let’s learn more about his net worth in the following article!

Key Takeaways

  • Burghoff has a net worth of $6 million.
  • He got famous through a comedy TV series, MASH.
  • He had Poland Syndrome.
  • Burghoff loves painting wildlife.

What Does Net Worth Amount To?

Burghoff has a wealth of $6 million. He is known for his work in both movies and television series, especially his work in MASH helped him to earn both fame and fortune.

Gary Burghoff is an actor from Bristol, Connecticut.
Burghoff is a multi-millionaire with a fortune of $6 million.

Needless to say, his acting career played a vital role in boosting his wealth. Besides that, Gary also made wealth through his wildlife paintings.

How Much Did Make on MASH?

The actor earned $25000 per episode during the start of the series which increased to $90000 per episode throughout the later seasons. Overall, Gary earned around $10 million from his role on the MASH.

During the peak of his career, Burghoff reportedly earned a massive wealth of about $2.5 million per year. Outside of his role in MASH, the multi-talented personality used to make around $2 million from other ventures.

Burghoff’s Real Estate and Properties: A Comprehensive Overview

He currently resides in Paradise, California. The actor also owns a house in Connecticut, his hometown. However, due to his keenness for wildlife, Burghoff enjoys living in a Florida trailer park.

Is a Man of Many Talents

As mentioned, Burghoff is an actor with multiple movie and TV credits under his belt. Apart from that, the Bristol native has a keen interest in wildlife painting, collecting stamps and coins, and drumming.

Let’s take a close look at his show-biz career.

Early Career: Was Gary a Theatre Actor Before His Professional Debut?

Gary started his acting career with his role as Charlie Brown in Broadway, You’re a Good Man in 1967. However, the actor landed his first role in the feature movie M*A*S*H (1970). A couple of years later, Burghoff became a regular actor in the self-titled television series M*A*S*H (1972)

Besides that, his other movies include B.S. I Love You (1971), Twigs (1975) Casino (1980), and Behind the Waterfall (1995).

Why Did Leave M*A*S*H?

When Gary left the show after seven seasons in 1979, the audience was heartbroken. While Burghoff didn’t give a statement regarding his departure from the series, it is reportedly confirmed that the TV star left the show to balance his work and personal life.

In a 2006 radio interview, Gary said, “Family, to me, became the most important thing. I was not available as a father because of my work”.

Burghoff character in MASH
Burghoff played the role of Radar O’Reilly in the TV Series MASH.

Talking about his last on-screen appearance to date, Gary appeared in the film, Daniel’s Lot in 2010.

Awards and Achievements

During his marvelous appearance on M*A*S*H, the entertainer got nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards seven times, winning one in 1977 for outstanding contribution performance by a supporting actor in a comedy series.

His work on the show, Pets: Part of the Family also earned him a Daytime Emmy Awards nomination.

Early Life: He Is a Bristol Native

Born on 24 May 1943, Gary is currently 81 years old. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, Rich later moved to Clinton with his parents, Rodney Burghoff and Ann Burghoff.

He also had an older brother, David.

Had Poland Syndrome

He was, however, born with brachydactyly. Three fingers on his left hand were smaller than his right hand. Despite being born with a disease, Gary didn’t give up on his dreams and learned tap dance and became a drummer.

He Had Been Married Twice; Who Are His Wives?

Gary married his first wife Janet Gayle in 1971. The couple gave birth to their only child, Gena Gale Burghoff in 1975. However, the former lovebirds separated in 1979 when their daughter was around 4.

After 6 years of his divorce, Burghoff got remarried to Elisabeth Bostrom in 1985. Their love also didn’t last long as they parted ways in 2005, after the birth of their two boys, Miles Burghoff and Jordan Burghoff.

Gurghoff Was Keenly Interested in Arts From An Early Age

He was keenly into music and arts from an early age. He gained primary education from a nearby school. In high school, Gary already started playing drums and even formed a band.

He later took an acting training at HB Studio in New York City, followed by the Belfry Music Theatre.

Paintings

He has been painting all his life. He even won the Hallmark Award for his painting “Men of Jazz” in 1961. The painting was sent to the Hallmark Student Art Exhibit in Washington, DC to represent Wisconsin.

As an avid painter, Burghoff also found the purpose in wildlife paintings. His ‘Eye To Eye’ series brought people up close with various animals. Several art galleries display his wildlife paintings which are mostly sold for above $100.

He Is A Philatelist

Gary has collected coins and stamps over the years. His coin collection was auctioned in 1980. He has also filmed The Video Guide To Stamp Collecting, displaying his stamp collection. The clip includes guidelines for collectors.

In 1993, Burghoff helped select a postal stamp for the United States Hunter.