Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Dec. 23rd, 1921
Born in
New York City, New York, USA

Gerald S. O'Loughlin's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Automan TV Show
The Rookies TV Show
The Rookies
Cade's County TV Show
Cade's County
McClain's Law TV Show
McClain's Law
Bridges to Cross TV Show
Bridges to Cross
Storefront Lawyers TV Show
Storefront Lawyers

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Short, dark, but tough-talking and rough-looking American character actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin received his start on the stage after pondering a career in law. After a stint with the Marine Corps., he used his GI bill income to train in New York at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Throughout the early 50s, he was frequently seen on TV drama and highlighted his stage career with a national tour of "A Streetcar Named Desire" as Stanley Kowalski with the incomparable Tallulah Bankhead starring as Blanche DuBois, and with the role of mental patient Cheswick opposite Kirk Douglas (I)' Randle McMurphy in 1963's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" on Broadway. He made little impression in films at the beginning what with an offbeat romantic lead role in the low budgeted Lovers and Lollipops (1956) and a small role in the more impressive A Hatful of Rain (1957), but he later toughened things up a bit with parts in In Cold Blood (1967), Ice Station Zebra (1968), and especially Desperate Characters (1971). Things finally came together for him on 70s TV when he nabbed the role of Lt. Ryker in the TV cop series "The Rookies" (1972) replacing Darren McGavin, who played the same role in the pilot. McLoughlin was affecting in mini-movies as well, especially as the patriarch in the tearjerker Something for Joey (1977) (TV) with Geraldine Page. He played stern in other less successful TV series such as "Automan" (1983) and continued acting into the millennium, albeit less and less.

  • Gerald's son, 'Chris O'Loughlin (I)' (qv), was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team in épée fencing.
  • Is divorced from casting director Meryl Abeles, who went by the name 'Meryl O'Loughlin' (qv). They have two children: 'Chris O'Loughlin (I)' (qv) (born 1967) and 'Laura O'Loughlin' (qv) (born 1969).

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