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Wednesday, May 24 (This event repeats every year)

Gary Burghoff

Gary Richard Burghoff, born in Bristol, Connecticut on May 24, 1943, is an American actor and drummer, best known for playing Charlie Brown in the 1967 Off-Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and the character Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly in the M*A*S*H movie and TV series.

Burghoff got started in acting and drumming during his high school years in Delavan, Wisconsin. In 1967 he originated the role of Charlie Brown in the original Off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In 1968 he was the drummer for a band called the Relatives. The group, including actress Lynda Carter (the band's singer) opened at the Sahara Hotel and Casino lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada for three months. Remaining friends, Carter helped cast Burghoff in an episode of her later hit series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, in the 1978 episode "The Man Who Wouldn't Tell."

In the M*A*S*H episode "Showtime" (Season 1, Episode 24), which aired on March 25, 1973 on CBS, Radar is seen playing a solo on the drums (see/hear below). By the way, it is a misconception that the sound of his drums was dubbed in; it was Gary Burghoff's actual performance.

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