Radar's Iconic M*A*S*H Teddy Bear Set for Online Auction, 3/27
Throughout the prolific Army-satirical series M*A*S*H, the character Radar O' Reilly was known for sleeping with his teddy bear. It kept him warm at night, and was the source of many jokes that left audiences around the world feeling warm and fuzzy.
Now, that loveable bear is available once again, as part of an online auction, on March 27, 2014.
Radar's teddy bear was originally found on the FOX Ranch, where the series was filmed, and became part of the show.
Radar's teddy bear was originally found on the set by one of the actors, and was added to the "cast" to further illustrate Radar's youth and innocence.
Gary Burghoff played the gullible Company Clerk from the Midwest who needed the comfort of his teddy bear at night. Burghoff, who played Radar for seven seasons, was the only regular actor to leave the series without being replaced, as Klinger usurped Radar's duties as Company Clerk.
In the second-to-last M*A*S*H episode (actually the last episode filmed), "As Time Goes By", Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) added the teddy bear to a time capsule with other items from the camp, including Klinger's Gone with the Wind dress and a broken fan belt from a helicopter. Hawkeye said, "Let [the bear] symbolize all the boys who came over here that left as men."
The teddy bear, which never officially had a name on MASH, but was secretly named "Tiger" according to Mr. Burghoff, does live on through the children's show Sesame Street. Big Bird's teddy bear is named Radar in homage to Radar O'Reilly's teddy bear.
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