This is a prime example of how fickle show business can be. Did you know that Gary Burghoff, who is perhaps best known for his portrayal as Radar in both the movie MASH and its television re-incarnation, has a deformed left hand? It’s one hundred percent true. Gary Burghoff has a deformed hand, specifically his left one. He has a congenital deformity of three fingers. But he didn’t let this unfortunate deformity slow him or his career down. He successfully managed, for the most part, to keep this almost completely hidden, like Mohammed in South Park, during his acting career. But if you look ever so carefully, although Gary Burghoff hides his deformed hand, you will see it from time to time. It’s not a massive deformity, but it’s one that you can see.
As he was best known for his performance as Radar in MASH, an obvious disability would have shown a continuity error. Why? Some say that he hid this hand deformity because a man with such a birth defect would not have been enlisted into the army. Although this is true, the reality is that he most likely hid it to protect his acting career. You might think this is crazy, but in a profession where image is everything, a glaring malformed hand could have ended even the most promising career. But Gary Burghoff’s deformed hand is not the only thing managed to hide during his acting career. According to some reports he had a personality issue. A very bad personality issue.