Meet Gary Burghoff’s First Wife, Janet Gayle; Where Is She Now?

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 1, 2024 | Updated on: February 1, 2024
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Janet Gayle is the first wife of an American actor Gary Burghoff who is known for his character Radar O’Reilly in the film M*A*S*H (1970). The former couple tied the knot in 1971 and had a very messy divorce 8 years later in 1979. They share a daughter together.

Since their separation, very little about Janet has been heard in the media. As a result, people are quite curious to know what she is up to these days.  So, today we have come up with some interesting details about her. Have a close look.

Key Takeaways

  • Janet Gayle is a surgical technician who rose to fame for her marriage with Gary Burghoff.
  • She married Gary in 1971 and separated in 1979. They had a messy divorce.
  • Janet shares a daughter with her former husband.
  • She now resides in Red Lodge, Montana near her daughter and her family.

Gary Burghoff’s Ex-Wife ; Where Is She Now?

As per her Facebook, Janet now lives in Red Lodge, Montana. She has quite an adventurous life together with her daughter and son-in-law.

Janet live an adventurous life
Gary Burghoff’s ex-wife Janet. Source: Facebook

On the other, while her famous ex-husband Gary was rumored to be dead, he is still alive and now resides in Connecticut. Talking to MeTV, he once said,

I built a log cabin in Connecticut, and that’s where I live with my family. I have no complaints. It’s my life right now.” Besides, he also seems to divide his time in Inglis, Florida.

Age And Education

Janet celebrates her birthday on September 24 every year. Back on her birthday on Sep 24, 2015, her son-in-law wished her a happy birthday on his Facebook sharing a picture of mom-daughter partying. He captioned the photo, “Happy birthday mum in law!

As for education, Gayle went to Santa Monica High School. She earned her degree in Surgical Technology from some unknown medical college. Born in the United States, she holds American nationality and belongs to a white ethnic background.

What Does Do For A Living?

Well, at present, she must have been retired. But before retiring, she worked as a surgical technician. Apart from her designation, no other information about her professional life has surfaced yet.

Had A Tumultuous Marriage With Gary Burghoff

On December 25, 1971, Janet tied the knot with actor-husband Gary Burghoff who was already a star in the American entertainment industry. The couple initially led a beautiful marriage but later, it slowly started breaking down.

It is also reported that Gary even gave up on his flourishing career just to work on his marriage with Janet. However, things didn’t work out between them. They eventually separated in the year 1979 after being husband and wife for 8 years.

Gayle Has Made Appearance In Couple Of TV Shows

While still being married to Gary, Janet appeared in the TV show Tattletales. She showed her presence in a total of 26 episodes from 1974 to 1977.

Janet has appeared in some TV shows
Janet Gayle in the frame. Source: Facebook

Further, she was featured in the 1973 TV series It’s Your Bet and the 2005 TV mini-series Game Show Moments Gone Bananas as per IMDb.

Janet’s Ex-Husband, Gary Burghoff Is A Famous Actor

Her former spouse, Gary attained huge success in his almost three decades of acting career. Began as a minor actor in the 1967 anthology series NET Playhouse, Burghoff soon got his breakthrough in Hollywood after he appeared as Cpl. Walter “Radar” O’Reilly in the series M*A*S*H. His character Reilly was the most loved character of the show which he portrayed from 1972 to 1979.

Gary’s other popular works include,

  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1967)
  • Behind the Waterfall (1995)
  • Doubles (1992)
  • Small Kill (1992)
  • Casino (1980)
  • The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)

As per IMDb, he has a total of 25 acting credits to his name.

Did Remarry After Her Divorce?

Post her divorce, it doesn’t seem like Janet remarried. Looking at her profile picture from August 2019 where she stood next to a male figure, we for a moment wondered if she found a partner again. But he was later discovered to be her brother Jim Gale.

Unlike Gayle, her ex-husband moved on with his second wife Elisabeth Bostrom in 1985. Their marriage lasted for two decades up to the year 2005. They share two sons

Gayle Shares A Daughter With Her Former Spouse

From her marriage with Gary, Janet has a daughter named Gena Gale Burghoff. She was born on July 20, 1975, which makes her 48 years old in 2023.

Janet has a daughter with her ex-husband
Janet with her daughter partying. Source: Facebook

As for Gena’s career, she followed in the footsteps of her father and joined acting. Her acting credits include Behind the Waterfall (1995), Providence (2001), and A Letter for Joe (2013).

However, she later switched her career to business. At present, Gena runs a restaurant named Prerogative Kitchen together with her husband. The celebrity daughter worked as a designer for the restaurant as well.

She Is A Grandmother As Well

From her daughter’s marriage with Chris Lockhart, Janet has a grandson named Mickey who was born in 2016. He is currently 8 years old. Little Mickey often gets featured on his mom and dad’s Facebook account.

What Is Janet’s Net Worth?

She is reported to have a fortune of $500k. Meanwhile, her former husband has an estimated net worth of $6 million in 2024. He earned a massive amount from his career in the American showbiz industry.