Gary Burghoff’s Autobiography


It looks like Gary Burghoff has joined many of his fellow M*A*S*H alum and penned an autobiography. According to, Gary Burghoff: To M*A*S*H and Back (subtitled “My Life in Poems and Songs (That Nobody Ever Wanted to Publish”) was released just last week on June 10th. Larry Gelbart provided the foreward.

Here’s the summary from the website for publisher BearManor Media:

To millions of faithful television viewers, Gary Burghoff will always be Walter “Radar” O’Reilly, the lovable telepathic assistant to Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H. But the man behind the bespectacled TV Land icon is a true Renaissance man. He’s a classically trained stage actor, a jazz musician, an environmentalist, a poet, a songwriter, an inventor, a wildlife artist, and now – a writer.

In this intensely personal memoir, the author takes you on his journey from his family’s home in Wisconsin to his successful carreer on the New York stage, from the Hollywood film version of M*A*S*H to the hit television show, from the challenges of married life to the rewards of single fatherhood. Often funny, occationally poignant and always honest, To M*A*S*H and Back is an account you will long remember.

Earlier autobiographies from the cast and crew of M*A*S*H include Jamie Farr’s Just Farr Fun (1994), Larry Gelbart’s Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God!, and a Few Other Funny Things (1998), Alan Alda’s Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned (2006) and Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself (2008) and Mike Farrell’s Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist (2008). Not to mention William Christopher’s Mixed Blessings (1990) and Jeff Maxwell’s Secrets of The M*A*S*H Mess: The Lost Recipes of Private Igor (1997).

I should mention that I haven’t read any of these books.

2 Replies to “Gary Burghoff’s Autobiography”

  1. I can’t wait to read this, I always love reading the stories and anecdotes of people I admire, I just finished reading Tom Bergeron’s autobiography and loved it; now I’d love to read Gary’s.

    If I thought Tom’s was hard to find, I’ll bet Gary’s would be like sunken treasure… everybody loves “Radar”, lol.

  2. Thanks for the heads up, I am definitely interested in getting hold of Gary’s book!

    I have read both of Alan Alda’s books and they were excellent! Mike Farrell and I don’t agree on anything politically, but I like him as a person and enjoyed his book as well. I think he has a second one out too, but I have not bought/read it yet.

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