Who is Gena Gale Burghoff? Everything About Gary Burghoff’s Only Daughter

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: January 31, 2024 | Updated on: January 31, 2024
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Gena Gale Burghoff is the daughter of famous actor, musician, and painter, Gary Burghoff. She is also an actress with notable credits in the industry.

Unlike her father, Gena is more successful in a different industry other than acting. So, what exactly does the Gary’s daughter do? Here are all the details on Gena and her life beyond the screen, with her family and her husband.

Key Takeaways

  • Gena is 48 years of age as of 2024.
  • She was born to Gary Burghoff and Janet Gale.
  • Gena maintains a strong relationship with her half-brothers.
  • Burghoff is married to her husband, Chris Lockhart.
  • They have a 8-year-old son together.
  • Gena’s net worth is $2 million.

Parents & Bio

Gena was born on July 20, 1975, in Santa Monica, California, USA, to parents Gary Burghoff and Janet Gale. Her father is a famous actor and musician who originally started the role of the comic character, Charlie Brown, from Peanuts.

On the other hand, her mother, Janet, is an adventurer, to say the least. She is often traveling around the world, in her camping van. Sometimes, she travels solo while other times she is accompanied by her older brother, Jim Gale.

Talking about Gena’s parents’ married life, they were married from 1971 to 1979. While her mother stayed unmarried after that, her father went on to marry Elisabeth Bostrom in 1985. They divorced in 2005.


Gale has two half-siblings from her father’s second marriage. She is a sister to her two brothers, Miles and Jordan Burghoff. The siblings share an exceptional bond and often hang out. Most of the time, the siblings spend time together fishing.

Gena’s Father Left M*A*S*H For His Family

Gary played the role of Corporal Walter Eugene ‘Radar’ O’Reilly, in the hit TV show, M*A*S*H, for seven seasons (1970-1979) before leaving the series, in order to spend more time with his family, especially his daughter, Gena.

During the time he was at the peak of his acting career with M*A*S*H, the actor was also holding on to his falling marriage by a thread. He worked 16 hours a day at the shooting and consequently lost his time with his family, more so his daughter.

“You either want to be rich and famous, or you want to be a daddy. You can’t do both,” Gary recalled in an August 1999 interview with the People magazine. So, the actor chose the latter, abandoning his rising career.

Although he struggled a bit financially after leaving the show, his acting gigs becoming scarce, he found another source of income: painting. That being said, Gary never stopped acting, an instance that would reflect in his daughter’s choice of career in the future.

Gale Is An Actress: Movies And TV Shows

Following in her father’s footsteps, Gena also took up acting as a career as soon as she could. Her first acting credit on IMDb shows that she started out in the industry in 1995, with the movie, Behind the Waterfall – the movie also starred her father.

After that, the actress appeared in the series, Providence (1999 to 2002), playing alongside Hollywood veterans like Melina Kanakaredes, Mike Farrell, and Paula Cale.

The next time the actress would take the screens would be years later, in A Letter for Joe, in 2013. She was in the De Miller movie with actors like Evan Schwalb and Jeff Wise.

Gary Burghoff Is Proud of Gena’s Career as An Actress

Gena’s father is immensely supportive of her career as an actress and is understandably proud of her. In the book, ‘My Greatest Day in Show Business’ by Ray Richmond, he snuck in his adoration for his daughter.

“Can I give my daughter a plug here in the book, please? Great. Her name is Gena Gale-Burghoff, she is now practicing acting here in L.A., and she is very talented. And I’m not biased at all. But I am so blessed to have this woman for a daughter.”

Is Married To A Chef: How Did They Meet?

Burghoff is married to her husband, Chris Lockhart, a chef, and co-owner of the couple’s restaurant, PREROGATIvE Kitchen. Chris and Gale first met in a country far from their own.

Originally from Warwick, England, Chris had taken a year-long break to travel after working in several restaurants in the country. Coincidentally, Burghoff was also traveling with Cirque du Soleil, an entertainment company, while she was pursuing acting.

So, the two had their first encounter in Cambodia, and immediately hit it off, proceeding with a long-distance relationship.

Soon after that, Chris moved to the US, and the couple settled in Montana in 2010. Not long after that, Gena and Chris ended up in Red Lodge.

In between managing restaurants, the couple had married by 2009.

Their Restaurant

Gena and Chris started PREROGATIvE Kitchen on a food truck in a parking lot away from the main street in Red Lodge. They opened the business in 2018, alongside Chris’ friend, Danny Mowatt. Danny has been working with the couple since they were managing the Nye restaurant, Montana Jack’s.

and Chris Lockhart Have A Son

Gena and her husband are parents to a lovely son. They announced the pregnancy for the first time on July 20, 2015. Chris posted a picture on Facebook of the couple with shirts that had printed arrows towards both their bellies, Gena’s saying ‘baby’ and Chris’ saying ‘beer.’

It was the next year that they welcomed their son, Saxon, in February 2016. He is already 8 years old as of 2024.

Who is Gena’s Husband?

Gena’s husband, Lockhart, is a chef and restaurant owner, who has always been a big food lover. He was 18 when he started working in the food industry in England. When he moved to Red Lodge with Gena, he took up work in the kitchen at Cafe Regis.

Interestingly enough, Chris never took culinary as his education – most of his recipes come from traveling the world.

At PREROGATIvE Kitchen, one of Chris’ most demanded dishes is his sticky toffee pudding.

Chris’ Mother Died Due To Cancer

Chris Lockhart’s mother, Lynne Lockhart, died of cancer, on November 27, 2013. He made a post the very day to announce the sad news.

“So after a very brave and courageous battle against cancer, unfortunately my mum, Lynne Lockhart passed away this evening, she was the most loving and kind mum a boy could ask for. Rest in peace mummy. Xx”

Gena’s Net Worth

Burghoff has a net worth of $2 million, earned through her work as an actress and her restaurant. On the other hand, her multi-talented father is worth $6 million.

Where is Now?

Burghoff currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana, with her husband and son. When she is not going off on adventures with her family, she spends most of her time with her mother, Janet.