McRaney in July 2010
Gerald Lee McRaney
August 19, 1947
|Alma mater||University of Mississippi|
(m. 1967; div. 1971)
(m. 1981; div. 1989)
Delta Burke (m. 1989)
Gerald Lee McRaney (born August 19, 1947) is an American television and movie actor. McRaney is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon & Simon, Major Dad, and Promised Land. He was a series regular in the first season of Jericho and the final season of Deadwood. He appeared in a recurring role as main antagonist Mason Wood in season eight of Castle. Recently, he played Barlow Connally in the A&E series Longmire and has a recurring role in the NBC series This Is Us as Dr. Nathan Katowski, a role which earned him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
McRaney was born in Collins, Mississippi, the son of Clyde and Edna McRaney. He is of Scottish and Choctaw ancestry. He attended college at the University of Mississippi. Before finding success as an actor, McRaney worked in the Louisiana oil fields.
In film, he starred in Night of Bloody Horror (1969), a low-budget slasher film in which he played the lead character Wesley Stuart.
On television, McRaney appeared in The Dukes of Hazzard in the episode "Hazzard Connection" (November 9, 1979), played a receptionist in two different episodes of The Rockford Files, and portrayed Tim Ryder, a heroin-addicted Vietnam War veteran in one episode of Hawaii Five-O. In addition, he starred in numerous episodes of The Incredible Hulk playing roles as a jealous boyfriend, a jealous race car driver, an angry police officer, and a disturbed police chief, and his miniseries roles include Dr. Henderson in Women in White (1979) and a town local, Harry Owens in Roots: The Next Generations (1979). However, McRaney is perhaps best known for his role as Rick Simon in the 1980s television show Simon & Simon. He also had starring roles in Major Dad and Promised Land, and a recurring role on Designing Women.
McRaney portrayed business mogul Adam Brock in the last eight episodes of Darren Star's primetime soap opera Central Park West (or CPW), which ran on CBS in 1995-96. He later appeared as General Alan Adamle in two episodes of the NBC drama The West Wing; played a prominent role in the third season of the HBO television series Deadwood, as famed gold prospector George Hearst; and starred in the CBS postapocalyptic series Jericho as Johnston Green.
Additionally, he has acted in many television films, such as: Not Our Son (1995), Going for Broke (2003), Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004), as General George S. Patton, and One Tree Hill as Dan's father. He also starred in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (episode 9.24 "All In") and Diagnosis: Murder (episode 1.13 "Lily") as Det. Andy Ruggio.
In 1999, he starred in the film A Holiday Romance as Cal Peterson. In the late 2000s, McRaney co-hosted the cable outdoor hunting and shooting series The World of Beretta, drawing on his own sport interests. The series featured the sponsor's rifle and shotgun products in a number of exciting hunting locations around the world, and often featured a celebrity shooter to hunt with McRaney.
In 2010, he starred as the villainous General Morrison in the film The A-Team (2010) and played a recurring role as CIA handler Carlton Shaw in the NBC action drama Undercovers. Also that year, he hosted a cable series on Spike TV that encouraged viewers Don't be a Victim, titled: "Practical Tactical", "What If", "Because Lives Depend on It", and "Concealed Carry School". One episode highlighted an instance wherein his lifelong friend and Simon & Simon costar Jameson Parker was shot twice.
In 2011, he began playing a recurring role as a judge on the US drama Fairly Legal. In 2012, McRaney played General Luntz in Red Tails, and Calvin in the film Heart of the Country. He made several appearances in a guest role on the television shows Longmire (2012–2015) and Mike & Molly (2012–2013). Later in 2013, he had a recurring role in the final season of Southland.
In 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017, he appeared in the Netflix series House of Cards as the billionaire Raymond Tusk of an energy corporation specializing in nuclear power. He also made two appearances in a supporting role on the FX Network drama Justified. From 2012 to 2017 he played the wealthy, powerful real estate developer Barlow Connally on the A&E/Netflix series Longmire.
In 2015, he starred in the dark-comedy Focus as Bucky Spurgeon and in Coat of Many Colors as Rev. Jake Owens, Dolly Parton's maternal grandfather and preacher. In 2016, he appeared as main antagonist and recurring character Mason Wood (LockSat) during the eighth and final season of Castle.
McRaney married his third wife, actress Delta Burke, on May 28, 1989; they had met two years earlier during her guest appearance on a Simon & Simon episode. He appeared on the series in which she starred, Designing Women, as Dash Goff (who was named after a real person from Fayetteville, Arkansas, whom Delta Burke's fellow castmate, Annie Potts, had met while filming Pass the Ammo on location).
Having played a Marine Corps veteran on Simon & Simon and a Marine Corps officer on Major Dad, he has always been very supportive of veterans and soldiers, although he is not a veteran himself. He made many visits to support the soldiers in Operation Desert Storm. During one USO-sponsored trip, McRaney visited sailors and Marines on board ships ported in Toulon, France, on Thanksgiving of 1993 and signed autographs for the men on board the ships. While on board the USS Ashland, he autographed one sailor's cowboy hat. He also visited troops during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993. McRaney chaired the Department of Veterans Affairs' 2002 National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans campaign, honoring hospitalized veterans and promoting volunteerism at VA medical center. Most recently he has appeared in commercials for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Endorsing incumbent Republican President George H. W. Bush for re-election in 1992, McRaney stated: "Most of my life I've been a Democrat, but the last several presidential elections have finally convinced me that I might as well go ahead and admit I'm a Republican." His first presidential vote was for Democrat Hubert Humphrey in 1968. At the 1992 Republican National Convention, McRaney introduced Second Lady Marilyn Quayle.
|1969||Night of Bloody Horror||Wesley Stuart|
|1970||Women and Bloody Terror||Terrance Bradford|
|1974||Keep Off My Grass!||David Sherman|
|1977||The Brain Machine||Willie West|
|1984||The NeverEnding Story||Bastian's Father|
|2000||Comanche||Col. Samuel Sturgis|
|2002||Hansel and Gretel||Father|
|2006||Saving Shiloh||Ray Preston|
|2009||Get Low||Rev. Gus Horton|
|2010||The A-Team||General Morrison|
|2011||J. Edgar||Judge at Hauptmann Trial||Uncredited|
|2011||The Umpire||Joseph Woodward||Short film|
|2012||Red Tails||Major General Luntz|
|2013||Heart of the Country||Calvin|
|2014||The Best of Me||Tuck|
|2016||The Disappointments Room||Judge Blacker|
|2019||A Violent Separation||Tom Campbell|
|1972||Night Gallery||Tuttle||Episode: "Deliveries in the Rear/Stop Killing Me/Dead Weight"|
|1972||Alias Smith and Jones||Telegrapher||Episode: "The Day the Amnesty Came Through"|
|1973–75||Gunsmoke||Gentry / Lonnie Colby / Pete Murphy||3 episodes|
|1974||Cannon||Winston||Episode: "Photo Finish"|
|1974||The F.B.I.||Sheriff's Deputy||Episode: "Deadly Ambition"|
|1974||Sons and Daughters||Mr. Wilson||Episode: "The Tryst"|
|1974||The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One||Smith||Television film|
|1974||The Waltons||Tim Collins||Episode: "The Book"|
|1974–76||Barnaby Jones||Pete / Dave Boyette / Jim Cabe||3 episodes|
|1975||Mannix||Professor Jim Duncan||Episode: "Edge of the Web"|
|1975||The Law||Hiller||3 episodes|
|1975||Petrocelli||Cliff / Santo||2 episodes|
|1975–76||The Streets of San Francisco||Jeff Dixon / Buck||2 episodes|
|1975–77||The Rockford Files||Irv / Manager / Jerryl / D.A. John Pleasance||4 episodes|
|1976||The Blue Knight||Steinmetz||3 episodes|
|1976||The Police Woman||Comet||2 episodes|
|1976||Hawaii Five-O||Tim Ryder||Episode: "Target - A Cop"|
|1977||The Oregon Trail||Daniel J. Morehead||Episode: "Return of the Baby"|
|1977||The Six Million Dollar Man||Bob Marsh||Episode: "To Catch the Eagle"|
|1977||Switch||Hit Man||Episode: "Two on the Run"|
|1977||The Fantastic Journey||The Co-Pilot||Episode: "The Innocent Prey"|
|1977||Eight Is Enough||Episode: "Mortgage Burnin' Blues"|
|1977||CHiPs||Demick||Episode: "Aweigh We Go"|
|1977–80||The Incredible Hulk||Denny Kayle / Sam Roberts / Colin Roark / Chief Frank Rhodes||4 episodes|
|1978||Baretta||Tommy||Episode: "Why Me?"|
|1978||Logan's Run||Gera||Episode: "Turnabout"|
|1978||The Jordan Chance||Sid Burton||Television film|
|1979||Women in White||Dr. Gus Henderson||Television film|
|1979||Roots: The Next Generations||Harry Owens||Episode #1.2|
|1979||How the West Was Won||Thorne||Episode: "Luke"|
|1979||240-Robert||Nick||Episode: "Bank Job"|
|1979||The Dukes of Hazzard||First Workman||Episode: "Hazzard Connection"|
|1980||The Aliens Are Coming||Patrolman Ashley||Television film|
|1980||Where the Ladies Go||Merle Johnson||Television film|
|1980||Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case||Cliff Sulkes||Television film|
|1981||The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||Jake||Episode: "Keep on Buckin'"|
|1981||The Seal||Television film|
|1981–89||Simon & Simon||Rick Simon||156 episodes|
|1982||It's Not Easy||Jack Long||Unaired pilot|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Rick Simon||Episode: "Ki'is Don't Lie"|
|1982||Memories Never Die||Howdy Tilford||Television film|
|1983||The Haunting Passion||Dan Evans||Television film|
|1984||City Killer||Lieutenant "Eck" Eckford||Television film|
|1986||Easy Prey||Christopher Wilder||Television film|
|1987||A Hobo's Christmas||Charlie||Television film|
|1987–88||Designing Women||Dash Goff||2 episodes|
|1988||The People Across the Lake||Chuck Yoman||Television film|
|1988||Where the Hell's That Gold?!!?||Jones||Television film|
|1989||Murder by Moonlight||Dennis Huff||Television film|
|1989–93||Major Dad||Major John D. MacGillis||96 episodes|
|1990||Newhart||Himself||Episode: "Lights! Camera! Contractions!"; uncredited|
|1990||Blind Vengeance||Garr Hagar||Television film|
|1990||Vestige of Honor||Major Falon||Television film|
|1991||Love and Curses... And All That Jazz||Ross||Television film|
|1991||Fatal Friendship||Hank Landrum||Television film|
|1993||Scattered Dreams||George Messenger||Television film|
|1994||Armed and Innocent||Bobby Lee Holland||Television film|
|1994||Burke's Law||Ronnie Gelico||Episode: "Who Killed the Starlet?"|
|1994||The Commish||Father Eddie Baxter||Episode: "Father Eddie"|
|1994||Diagnosis: Murder||Det. Andy Ruggio||Episode: "Lily"|
|1994||Motorcycle Gang||Cal Morris||Television film|
|1994||Deadly Vows||Tom Weston||Television film|
|1994||Someone She Knows||Frank Mayfield||Television film|
|1995||Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou||Jake Lassiter||Television film|
|1995||Coach||Jim Collins||Episode: "The Walk-On"|
|1995||Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again||Rick Simon||Television film|
|1995||Not Our Son||George Keller||Television film|
|1995||Women of the House||Dash Goff||Episode: "The Afternoon Wife"|
|1995||The Stranger Beside Me||Dave Morgan||Television film|
|1995||ABC Afterschool Special||Alex—As an Adult||Episode: "Fast Forward"|
|1995||Murder, She Wrote||Terry Folger||Episode: "A Quaking in Aspen"|
|1995||Nothing Lasts Forever||Dr. Lawrence Barker||Television film|
|1995–98||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Joe Patcherik / Russell Greene||5 episodes|
|1995–96||Central Park West||Adam Brock||9 episodes|
|1996||Home of the Brave||Russell Greene||Television film|
|1996–99||Promised Land||Russell Greene||68 episodes|
|1997||A Nightmare Come True||Don Zarn||Television film|
|1997||A Thousand Men and a Baby||Capt. John "Chick" Hayward||Television film|
|1999||Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story||Howard Danner||Television film|
|1999||A Holiday Romance||Cal Peterson||Television film|
|2000||Take Me Home: The John Denver Story||Dutch||Television film|
|2001||These Arms of Mine||Mitchell Rankin||Episode: "King of America"|
|2001||JAG||Sergeant Major Charvis Krohn||2 episodes|
|2001||Danger Beneath the Sea||Admiral Eugene Justice||Television film|
|2001–04||The West Wing||USAF Lt Gen Alan Adamle||2 episodes|
|2002||Becoming Glen||Television film|
|2002||Third Watch||Glen Hobart||2 episodes|
|2002||Tornado Warning||Dr. Jake Arledge||Television film|
|2002||Presidio Med||Coach Fontina||2 episodes|
|2003||The Dan Show||Ray Kennedy||Television film|
|2003||The Dead Zone||Harrison Fisher||Episode: "Scars"|
|2003||Mister Sterling||Burt Gammel||5 episodes|
|2003||Going for Broke||Jim Bancroft||Television film|
|2004||One Tree Hill||Royal Scott||Episode: "Crash Course in Polite Conversations"|
|2004||Ike: Countdown to D-Day||George S. Patton||Television film|
|2004||Commando Nanny||Ben Winter||Unaired episodes|
|2005–06||Deadwood||George Hearst||13 episodes|
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006)
|2006–08||Jericho||Johnston Green||23 episodes|
|2008||Women's Murder Club||Martin Boxer||2 episodes|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Eli Schindler||Episode: "All In"|
|2010–12||Undercovers||Carlton Shaw||13 episodes|
|2011||Bird Dog||Sam McGrath||Television film|
|2011–12||Fairly Legal||Judge David Nicastro||5 episodes|
|2012–13||Mike & Molly||Captain Patrick Murphy||6 episodes|
|2012–15||Longmire||Barlow Connally||8 episodes|
|2013||Justified||Josiah Cairn||2 episodes|
|2013–17||House of Cards||Raymond Tusk||16 episodes|
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2014)
|2014||Manhattan||Sec. Hentry Stimson||Episode: "Perestroika"|
|2014–19||NCIS: Los Angeles||Ret. Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride||5 episodes|
|2015||Agent X||Malcolm Millar||10 episodes|
|2015||Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors||Rev. Jake Owens||Television film|
|2016||Castle||Mason Wood||2 episodes|
|2016–18||This Is Us||Dr. Nathan Katowski||7 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2017)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2018)
|2016||Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love||Rev. Jake Owens||Television film|
|2017||24: Legacy||Henry Donovan||10 episodes|
|2018||Santa Clarita Diet||Ed Thune||Episode: "Pasión"|
|2018||Shooter||Red Bama Sr.||11 episodes|
|2018||A Million Little Things||Lenny||Episode: "Friday Night Dinner"|
|2019||Deadwood: The Movie||George Hearst||Television film|
|2019||Heartstrings||Tom||Episode: "If I Had Wings"|
|2020||Filthy Rich||Eugene Monreaux||Upcoming series|
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