Aug. 19th, 1947
Collins, Mississippi, USA
Gerald McRaney's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
McRaney holds the distinction of being the last guest star to meet 'Matt Dillon' in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955) - in the episode "Hard Labor", first broadcast February 24, 1975 (he lost). In fact, in the early portion of Gerald McRaney's career he almost always played the villain; but, since his first series, Simon & Simon (1981), hit it big, he's played mostly good guys. The character of passionate but irresponsible "Rick Simon" gave McRaney the opportunity to play a dramatic role with a comedic edge. A second hit series, Major Dad (1989), showcased his talent for comedy. McRaney met and fell in love with fellow southerner 'Delta Burke' when she guest-starred on Simon & Simon (1981). He later appeared on her series, Designing Women (1986), as her ex-husband, although it is an unwritten rule that actors with current series don't do guest roles; they were married not long after.
- He attended the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss")
- Of Scottish and Choctaw Indian heritage.
- Tested for the role of "Luke Duke" on _"The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979)_ (qv).
- His son is deaf.
- Underwent surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to remove a cancerous tumor